October 26, 2020 - Looking ahead to the spring semester
This week begins the process of registering for spring semester classes, so you may be asking yourself how similar spring semester instruction will be to your fall semester experience. Earlier this month, the University of Georgia System indicated that system campuses should commit to expanding in-person instruction and other student interactions this spring.
What does that mean for Columbus State University, you might ask?
That means, while some classes will continue to meet virtually, CSU will be increasing the availability of hybrid, extended classroom and in-person classes. As you schedule your spring semester classes, know that our expectations include:
- Hybrid courses maintaining as close to a 50-50 ratio of online and in-person instruction as possible.
- Extended classroom instruction providing every student with at least one in-person interaction per week.
Many of our spring sports are poised to begin play soon after your return in January - with some of our fall sports extending their seasons into the spring as well. In addition, student support services - such as advising, tutoring, and counseling - will also examine ways to safely increase the number of their in-person interactions.
Our Office of Student Life and Development will be considering how to safely engage students through increased in-person activities and events, as well as expanding access to recreational services. These include multiple Cougar Kickoff events, including the Picnic, service opportunities, outdoor movies, cultural events, leadership workshops, intramural sports, club sports, and other recreational events and competitions - just to name a few.
Our continued focus on personal health and safety will accompany these changes. Currently, university leaders anticipate the continued reliance on face covering and physical distancing practices. Recent changes to our academic calendar - the delayed start of the spring semester and the elimination of spring break - further reinforce the vigilance that will be required during the spring semester as this pandemic lingers.
I join President Markwood in thanking you for your patience as we navigate the unknowns of this pandemic together. We are not out of the woods yet, which means we all must be prepared to adapt to the changing public health landscape. However, we remain encouraged by how CSU has been spared a greater brunt during the fall semester compared to the disruptions the pandemic has caused at other universities. That is in large part to your diligence and cooperation. So, for that, I also thank you.
Best wishes for continued success in your academic endeavors - and thank you for all you do to protect yourselves and each other, and for demonstrating that #CougarsCare.
Deborah E. Bordelon, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive Vice President
Gina L. Sheeks, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs