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Fall Update: How will the semester be different?

Design and Media Center

Dear Returning Students,

It is now time to hit play.

After everything we have been through these last few months, we owe it to ourselves to stay on track towards our collective future, and faculty and staff have been working around the clock to make this possible. We have learned so much from this past semester. Practicing what we teach, this campus of artists and designers have used their endless creativity, innovation, and problem solving to remake our curriculum.

This week, you will receive an email notification regarding the status of Fall semester courses. It will detail which courses will have all-remote (R) instruction and which will be hybrid (H) -- with both remote and on-campus instruction. All students will still have access to the campus as a resource for your creative work, even if all of your courses are remote.

How else will Fall semester be completely different from the end of last semester?

  • Most staff will remain off campus and we are remodeling spaces to accommodate smaller class sizes, individual study spaces, physical distancing and other health and safety requirements.
  • Material kits will be provided for every student who needs specific materials for their studio courses to optimize their work on and off campus.
  • We have upgraded and expanded software licenses, like the Adobe Creative Suite, to ensure access wherever you are.
  • Additional software, such as telecounseling, will augment daily on-campus student support.
  • The institutional aid pool will be increased.
  • Faculty training is happening right now to enhance their skills for hybrid and remote teaching.
  • We have increased professional networking opportunities among local and national industries and visiting artists.
  • For campus safety, we will provide masks, testing and enhanced cleaning and sanitation of facilities.

These investments, and many more, are reflected in your tuition, which is why there can be no discounts. We are now delivering an expanded curriculum that includes remote, hybrid, and the campus as a resource. All of these points of access require planning, support, and resources to satisfy our educational standards and goals. We are now doing more than ever. We have missed you and are really looking forward to seeing you in the Fall.

Stay well and stay safe,

Kymberly Pinder, Ph.D.Daniel A. Serig, Ed.D.
Acting PresidentInterim Provost/ Vice President of Academic Affairs