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Planning for Spring ’21

Published on Mon 11/02/20

Dear Students,
 

Believe it or not, the final day of coursework is just three weeks away, with final exams beginning just a week later. As we approach the conclusion of this unusual semester, I want to express my deepest thanks for your work in keeping our campus safe this semester. I am incredibly proud of our Aggie community and wish you much success on your upcoming papers, projects, and exams.
 

Here are a few updates for spring:

  • Registration begins Thursday. 
  • 64% of the course sections and 51% of all seats next semester are offered with some mode of face-to-face instruction. Most courses have remote options, although 19% of spring course sections will be offered with face to face only instruction. 
  • Study-abroad trips this spring will occur on a limited basis, and only to specific countries where we have well-established partnerships and strong protocols in place with ready access to health care systems. 
  • The university has approved planning for the resumption of education-abroad activities for the May and summer semester. While planning will go forward for all trips, if substantial concerns remain in place for certain destinations, then only longer-term trips (30 days or more) may be practical. 


Finally, while Texas A&M and Brazos County COVID-19 numbers remain fairly low, other parts of the state and country have seen significant increases. Please continue to wear face coverings, wash your hands, practice physical distancing, stay home if you are sick, and get tested in order to keep our numbers low. 


I’m very proud that we have made it through most of the fall semester without a significant increase of cases on campus. Thank you to those of you who are participating in the Random Testing Program. It’s working and helping. As we round the corner toward the end of courses, let’s continue to work together to keep campus as safe as possible. 


Sincerely,

Carol A. Fierke
Provost and Executive Vice President

 


 

Dear Aggie Families,


Believe it or not, the final day of coursework is Tuesday, November 24th — just three weeks away. Final exams, to be delivered online only, begin on Tuesday, December 1st. As we approach the conclusion of this unusual semester, I want to thank you for entrusting your students to us this fall. With record student enrollment in the middle of a pandemic, I feel that much of the semester went well. Of course, we are always seeking to improve while trying to meet our goal of providing the best education as safely as possible.


Registration for spring courses begins Thursday and many of you have expressed an interest in having your students in face-to-face classes. I’m pleased to let you know that 64% of the traditional course sections this spring will be offered through some face-to-face instruction. That equates to more than half of all the seats offered in traditional undergraduate courses. In response to both student and faculty interest, about 19% of undergraduate elective courses will be offered face to face without a remote option. Students who are absent from these classes will contact the instructor for make-up work and missed course materials just as they did prior to COVID. Students can see the course delivery method in Howdy when registering.


All existing safety protocols will remain in place, including face coverings, physical distancing, and increased air exchanges in the classrooms. 


Additionally, study-abroad trips this spring will occur on a limited basis, but only to specific countries where we have strong partnerships and access to health care systems. At this time, the university is tentatively planning to resume education-abroad activities for the May and summer semesters, although final determination will be made in early spring when there is a better assessment of quarantine limitations and COVID infections at different locations.


Finally, while Texas A&M and Brazos County COVID numbers remain fairly low, other parts of the state and country have seen significant increases. We will continue to require face coverings on campus while encouraging all the precautionary behaviors, including washing hands, staying physically distanced, and requiring students to stay home when sick and get tested if exposed. 


I’m very proud that we have made it through most of the fall semester without a significant increase of COVID on campus. We know the success we experienced this fall was due in large part to your continued support. We will continue to work together to ensure we have a campus that is as safe as it can be.


All updates are posted on the Provost’s website and the university’s COVID-19 website located off the main campus page.  

Sincerely,

Carol A. Fierke
Provost and Executive Vice President

 


 

Dear Texas A&M Community,


Believe it or not, the final day of coursework is just three weeks away, with final exams beginning just a week later. As we approach the conclusion of this very unusual semester, I want to express my deepest thanks for everything you have done to help us get to this point. In a semester with both record student enrollment and a pandemic, there is simply no way we could have done this without you, your creativity, your thoughtfulness, and your dedication to our land-grant mission. Truly, thank you.


As you may know, the spring course schedule went live last week. I know that many of you worked with very little lead time to identify courses and to determine how best to teach these courses so that the final schedule could be assembled.  


For the spring semester, we are offering 64% of the traditional course sections through some mode of face-to-face instruction. That equates to 51% of all the seats offered in traditional undergraduate courses. In response to both student and faculty feedback, about 19% of these course sections are only offered face to face. Remote and online options remain in place for the other courses. All of the same safety mechanisms will be in place, including a face covering policy, socially distanced seats in classrooms, movable plexiglass shields, and increased air exchanges.


Students wishing to study abroad this spring will have a limited number of semester-long options, and only to specific countries where we have well-established partnerships and strong protocols in place with ready access to health care systems. The university has also approved planning for the resumption of education-abroad activities for the May and summer semester. While planning will go forward for all trips, if substantial concerns remain in place for certain destinations, then only longer-term trips (30 days or more) may be practical. 


Finally, while Texas A&M and Brazos County COVID-19 numbers remain fairly low, other parts of the state and country have seen significant increases. Please continue to wear face coverings, wash your hands, stay physically distant, and get tested in order to keep our numbers low. 


I’m very proud that we have made it through most of the fall semester without a significant increase in infections on campus. Let’s continue to work together to ensure we have a campus that is as safe as possible while we move forward with our important educational mission.


Sincerely,

Carol A. Fierke
Provost and Executive Vice President