A Message from Niagara College President Sean Kennedy: NC’s Fall term plan focuses on student success and the safety of our college community

This article was published on: June 9th, 2020

Niagara College has finalized a plan for academic delivery for the Fall 2020 term that focuses on supporting student success, while ensuring the health and safety of our college community as we continue to adapt to the current reality shaped by COVID-19.

Following Winter and Spring terms that were completed in a fully online environment, the Fall term will mix fully remote/online delivery with limited, focused on-campus classes and labs in some programs in the Fall 2020 and/or Winter 2021 terms, where in-person elements are required and can be safely delivered. The status for all programs is available here.

All plans for on-campus activity are being developed in close consultation with public health officials. Comprehensive health and safety measures for students, faculty and staff who will be on campus in the Fall will be shared in the coming weeks.

While we’ve had to modify program delivery to ensure health and safety, as a learning community we are committed to academic excellence and student success.  Over the past several months, faculty and staff have worked collaboratively to move instruction into our Blackboard learning management system and to utilize eLearning tools and technologies to create engaging, connected, and flexible remote learning experiences.  Remote courses will feature the expert knowledge and innovative learning experiences that Niagara College is known for and will also help to familiarize students with the power of online learning through virtual engagement with instructors and classmates.

We will continue to provide services and supports for students through a mix of virtual and in-person delivery, and we have designed additional support programs to help students adapt and succeed in an online and alternative delivery environment. Our Kick Start and Fall Orientation programs have also been modified to virtual delivery, with additional support for incoming students.

Program specific information will be shared via the Blackboard learning management system, and additional Fall term details and program status can be found here.

We know there are some students who still require on-campus activities to complete their Winter 2020 semester.  As soon as we have authority to bring these students on campus to complete those activities, it will be our priority to reach out on an individual basis to plan a return to campus.  Thank you for your patience as we await direction on re-opening the campus safely.

I thank all members of our college community for your continued perseverance. Be assured that student success and the ongoing health and safety of our college community continue to guide our decisions and actions as we navigate through these unique and challenging times.