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Fall semester plans for local universities and colleges

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Posted at 11:20 AM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 12:49:52-04

Several universities and colleges around Green Country announced their plans for the 2020 fall semester.

ORAL ROBERTS UNIVERSITY

ORU announced they will be holding in-person classes starting August for the fall semester.

Classes will begin on August 13, as scheduled, and will end on November 24.

To make this work, ORU officials rearranged the Fall Semester to include only three days off: Labor Day on Sept. 7, Columbus Day on Oct. 12 and Election day on Nov. 3. There will be no fall break.

While it is unusual to think about a fall semester without a fall break, we believe these three ‘one day off’ moments will be valuable. Our goal is to keep our students safe by preventing travel and ultimately decreasing possible exposure to COVID-19.
ORU President Dr. William M. Wilson.

The ORU Health and Safety Task Force is developing safety plans to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

TULSA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Tulsa Community College announced in-person classes resume at all four main campuses, two community campuses and one Education Outreach Center for Fall 2020.

As TCC makes plans for the Fall semester, we are faced with a new reality. In developing our schedule, we acknowledge that the new ‘norm’ looks different than past years. Offering small high-quality classes, TCC provides you one of the most affordable tuition rates in the state as well as flexibility.
Dr. Leigh Goodson, TCC president and CEO

TCC is providing a combination of delivery methods to give students options for how and where they want to take their courses.

TCC altered 80 percent of their class sections to provide such options for the Fall 2020 course schedules as: online, online live, blended and face-to-face classes. The changes to schedules, to reflect the four options below, will be finalized by May 18, officials say.

  • Online: Content is delivered through the internet with no scheduled class times.
  • Online Live: Online “web-conference style” courses meet at designated times and students are required to be present online, live at that time.
  • Blended: Part online, part scheduled face-to-face following physical space guidelines on campus.
  • Face-to-Face: Held at specific times following physical space guidelines on campus.

“We are committed to providing an excellent learning experience where the student can choose the preferred mode of instruction and have the opportunity for greater engagement with our talented faculty,” said Dr. Cindy Hess, senior vice president and chief academic officer. “Our faculty are squarely focused on teaching and learning in all modes and will have additional support resources and professional development for online delivery including faculty mentors.”

TCC says all rooms are also being evaluated to determine how many students would be allowed in them, for distancing and sanitizing protocols, based on square footage.

Fall and summer semester enrollment is now open. For more information on TCC, click here.

UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA

The University of Oklahoma announced plans for students to return to in-person classes across all three campuses starting this fall.

OU's Interim President Joseph Harroz, Jr. wrote a letter to the OU community outlining the school's plan to reopen for students and teachers.

We are prepared to adapt instructional and housing models as appropriate to protect our community and still offer the life-changing in-person OU experience. Flexibility will be a guiding principle as we navigate the coming months, and we will ensure that our students, faculty, and staff are presented with appropriate options to return to our campuses, keeping their safety top of mind.
Joseph Harroz, Jr., OU's Interim President

Harroz said the university is implenenting safety precautions, including:

  • Adapting class schedules
  • Utilizing larger classrooms for the practice of greater social distancing
  • Enabling the widespread use of masks and other PPE
  • Increasing on-campus testing
  • Providing enhanced cleaning throughout all of our campuses

To learn more about the university's efforts regarding the coronavirus, click here.

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