CW Emails and Messages from the Provost - Sept. 2020
Watch the Sept. 29 Employee Town Hall - Watch it here.
While it seems as if we just began fall semester, the cooling weather and the return of football reminds me we are already nearing the end of September! I appreciate all of our faculty’s hard work and creativity adjusting to all of the changes we have made to this fall semester’s schedule and student experience in order to prioritize safety for everyone while supporting students in any way we can.
I am excited to announce that we have officially surpassed our original IPEDS goal of 23% and are now at a 24% completion rate for the students in our 2017 IPEDS cohort! Reaching this number was no easy task as engagement and connection with students is key to encourage and keep them on track to completion. You are critical in our efforts to support students, especially in this time of mostly remote communication. Congratulations to our faculty who contribute so much to our ever increasing levels of graduation and completion!
If you were unable to join us at this week’s staff and faculty Town Hall, you can view the entire presentation by visiting here: https://livestream.com/tri-c/facultystaff91520
Our Faculty Development team continues to host training and support sessions for our faculty. You can see the latest courses and workshops here: Faculty Forums and Professional Development Opportunities.
This past week our Collegewide Scheduling Committee held a Town Hall for faculty coordinators, program directors and managers, and deans to discuss the revisions to the spring 2021 schedule. As a whole, we are looking to slightly increase our on-ground and hybrid modalities, particularly in general education disciplines, to reach a goal of a 35-40% on-ground footprint. This fall, after working towards a 20% on-ground footprint, we ended up at 30% after all cancellations, with our health careers and technical programs comprising most of these courses. More information to come on building the AY 21-22 schedule as well.
We are pleased to be able to announce our new Student Laptop Program that, with support from the Tri-C Foundation, will allow eligible students to purchase a new laptop for only $240. Additionally, students may be able to use financial aid to cover their portion of this cost. These laptops are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students who are not eligible to apply for CARES Act funding and are:
- Enrolled at least half time (six credits) in an academic program; or
- Enrolled in a workforce certificate program; and
- Able to pick up their laptop at a Tri-C campus as shipping is not available.
Should you know a student who is in need of a laptop and may qualify for this program, please direct them to Student Laptop Application to apply or have them contact our financial aid office by phone at (216) 987-6000 (option 2) or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With input from staff and faculty Collegewide, we have updated our next Tactical Plan which supports the current College-wide Strategic Plan through 2022. This updated Tactical Plan, based on the guiding principles of Access, Equity and Success, delineates the specific actions the College will take to achieve the goals in each of five Strategic Focus Areas: Student Experience, Brand/Image, Community, Workforce and Affordability. The new College-wide Tactical Plan can be found here: https://www.tri-c.edu/about/Collegewide-Tactical-Plan_FY20_21.pdf.
We are looking for more individuals who are passionate about Tri-C and our students to join over 700 of your colleagues who have been trained to be Tri-C Access Champions. The College is holding new training sessions throughout the fall to enable those interested in learning more about how they can connect potential students to resources at Tri-C. To learn more or to register for a session in TEC, log in and search “Access Champion,” and select “Access Champion HR1123.” Register for the session that best fits your schedule.
We continue to look for ways to support your work in the classroom (in person and virtually) with students. Let us know if you have feedback or questions to make your lives easier. Thanks for all you do!
Watch the Sept. 15 Student Town Hall - Watch it here.
Watch the Sept. 15 Employee Town Hall - Watch it here.
A student who attended a contract training math class for Ford employees on Sept. 8 in SHCS 133 at the Westshore Campus tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 9. The student went to class despite experiencing symptoms and being tested for COVID-19 on Sept. 7, and developing an additional symptom the morning of Sept. 8. Potential exposure was increased when the instructor and other students removed their masks during class.
Students, faculty and staff should not come to any Tri-C campus or facility while experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness, and masks must be worn at all times while in a Tri-C building. Appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken with both the student and instructor.
Despite this two-fold violation of the College’s safety guidelines and protocols, this is a moderate-risk exposure because the ill student wore a mask and maintained a distance of six feet or more from the instructor and other students. Plant Operations cleaned the room after the class and sanitized the room again the next day.
The student was on campus from 5-8 p.m. on Sept. 8, primarily in SHCS 133, but also walked around the first floor of the building during two breaks. We do not know the student’s exact whereabouts during that time, but are trying to confirm details. Care Alliance Health Center will conduct COVID-19 testing at the Westshore Campus on Thursday, Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Anyone who would like to be tested can do so at no charge.
Ford Risk Management has completed exposure notification to other Ford student employees. Tri-C has reached out to the limited number of students, faculty and staff who were or may have been in contact with this student to provide guidance on self-quarantining or monitoring for symptoms. Out of an abundance of caution, the College suspended the class in question for two weeks to allow time for the incubation period to complete and for those exposed to seek testing.
We will continue to provide you with information on confirmed cases at Tri-C. Transparency, along with adherence to College safety protocols, is essential to stopping the spread of the virus.
Let’s continue to work together to stop the spread. Please notify Joe Amschlinger, Collegewide director of Compliance and Risk Management, at email@example.com if you have symptoms or are diagnosed.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this unprecedented first week of the fall semester a success! We continue our enrollment support in anticipation of 14-week, 8-week and flexibly scheduled courses as we understand that many students are continuing to deal with uncertainties and may not have made an enrollment decisions as of yet. Our recruitment and success teams continue to work with programs such as High Tech Academy, CCP, Say Yes and our workforce cohorts to connect with students to help remove any barriers that may be preventing them from registering for fall.
- If you were unable to join us at this week’s staff and faculty Town Hall, you can view the entire presentation by visiting here: https://livestream.com/tri-c/facultyandstaff912020
- Our faculty development team continues to host faculty training and support sessions: Faculty Forums and Professional Development Opportunities. Register for the sessions in the Talent Engagement Center (TEC). Most sessions are eligible for Service Credits for full-time faculty or the Adjunct Stipend Program.
- I wanted to remind you that we still have Tri-C CARES Act emergency funds available for students who need help with emergency expenses, including technology (laptops, computer, Wi-Fi, etc.), food, housing, course materials, health care, child care and other education-related expenses. To be eligible, a student must have registered for the fall 2020 semester, have submitted a 20-21 FAFSA and are financial aid eligible, and have emergency expenses directly related to COVID-19. If you of a student who could benefit from CARES Act funding, please refer them to the Student Financial Aid and Scholarships Office for information how to apply.
- The office of Online Learning & Technology has created several online resources for faculty this fall to help with questions on everything from technologies such as Blackboard and ProctorU to online resources for teaching including information on course modalities, online accessibilities and OER resources for students. Information on a wide variety of resources for our faculty can be found on OLAT’s Faculty Resources page and Technology Resources page.
I’ll continue to provide updates and touch base to keep everyone in the loop as we move forward. As always, please feel free to provide feedback, as questions and share success stories, both with your students as well as with each other. We’re in this together! Have a great Labor Day Weekend.