As Niagara College closely monitors current and projected public health measures, vaccination rates and other factors, a significant increase in on-campus learning is anticipated for the Fall 2021 term.
Academic planning for Fall 2021 is well underway, and the college is reviewing programs for increased on-campus classes and labs, focused on safety, academic quality and student experience.
Courses and program elements that return to campus will comply with all public health measures and directives, incorporating lessons learned through two successful terms of hybrid delivery – where many programs have already included on-campus classes and labs for required program elements. Through the Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 terms, almost half of Niagara College students have experienced an on-campus/in-person component to their program, and the college has successfully instituted comprehensive measures to ensure the safety of students and employees – from modified spaces and strict access controls to enhanced personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
The mix of fully-online and hybrid programming and services that the college has employed since the onset of the pandemic has created opportunities for new degrees of flexibility in program and service delivery. The College’s ability to adapt to the evolving public health measures will continue to serve us well as we plan for the 2021-22 academic year.
As we envision a significant return to on-campus activity in September, transition planning for employees who are working remotely is also underway, led by a task force that is developing an approach for a return to on-campus work that is carefully planned, gradual, flexible and well-informed by science, public health, and employee feedback. Employees returning to on-campus work will receive advance notice and ample opportunity to adapt to a return to on-campus work while ensuring that appropriate supports are available for the transition.
Additional updates on program delivery and on-campus activity for Fall 2021 will be provided as information becomes available and planning progresses. The delivery status for all programs will be provided by early May to allow students as much time as possible to plan for their studies in September.
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