With news of provincial reopening, many in the Booth University College community are wondering about what the Fall term will look like. Our top priorities are the health and safety of all members of the Booth UC community and providing the highest quality education for our students. All of the decisions we have made are in line with federal and provincial public health advice and restrictions and recognize that conditions could change.
The Fall 2020 term will be virtual with limited in-person delivery (at the instructors’ discretion, at the student’s choice, and as size and space allow) to ensure that students and professors are engaging in real-time. One of the most important advantages of a Booth University College education is our students’ connection with faculty. That will continue to be true in these temporary times.
Classes scheduled in a particular slot will be expected to meet in that assigned time slot. Faculty are working now on developing quality, flexible courses. This, along with the experience faculty had at the end of the Winter 2020 term, will make a shift (if necessary) to a completely online delivery easier. Booth UC has been, and will continue to be, mindful of the recommended guidelines for physical distancing on campus: classrooms will be reconfigured to allow for the advised 6 feet distance between participants; floor layouts will be reconfigured to address traffic flow; common spaces will be closed to limit congregating; high contact areas, such as doorknobs and handrails, will be cleaned frequently.
Booth UC has also increased the number of online courses through our School of Continuing Studies to give students more options. These are fully online, asynchronous courses.
Plans for Field Education and practicum placements are moving forward for a September 2020 start date. Our Field Education Coordinator has been at work to secure placements and is working with agencies to ensure their capacity for student placements, student safety, and possible contingency plans if the need arises. If restrictions are reintroduced later in Fall, some agencies may not be able to support students and alternate arrangements would have to be made.
Booth UC will also be investing in technology to increase our capacity to deliver virtual classes and meetings. Booth UC has also increased student financial aid for Fall 2020.
We recognize that this email does not answer every question, and more details will be forthcoming. All the departments at Booth UC – Academics, Library, Student Services, Facilities, Hospitality – are working to prepare a comprehensive campus safety plan to protect the faculty, staff, and students who will be on campus in the Fall term, including residences space, food services. We will have more details on July 15, 2020.
We thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these unusual times. Any general questions not addressed here can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of Booth University College’s Crisis Management Team,
Michael W. Boyce, Ph.D
Vice President Academic and Dean
Associate Professor, English and Film Studies Program