Letter from the President
I realize we just began Fall term, but as you know, registration for Winter term is quickly approaching. It is time to make the next decision in a series of difficult ones regarding how we will deliver education in such an unpredictable environment as this pandemic.
Clark has decided to extend remote teaching modalities through the end of the Winter 2021 term.
This was not an easy decision. As we are learning in 2020, an early decision leads to early success, allowing us to prepare and improve our online services and instruction in a timely fashion.
As a large institution with thousands of students and 1,000 employees, we must consider health and safety first and foremost. In making our decision, we have consulted with other colleges, the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges, local public health authorities, and our faculty. Rather than wait and scrambling as deadlines approach, there is value in having time to prepare. We have listened to requests from faculty, staff and students who are looking for clarification in order to make plans.
As in the past three quarters, you will have three modality options as you make registration decisions for winter:
- Online – Classes will be fully online and asynchronous. There will be no date or time information listed in the schedule.
- Remote – Classes will be taught online with scheduled synchronous instruction components (i.e., Zoom or other video-conferencing apps). Date and time information will be included in the schedule.
- Hybrid – Lecture components will be fully online and lab components will have scheduled face-to-face instruction. Date, time, and campus location information will be included on the schedule. This modality will be reserved for specific career technical programs and labs with hands-on requirements. Strict safety protocols will be maintained in these labs to safeguard students’ and faculty’s health.
By making early decisions, we can put into place plans to support you, continue to improve our online processes, and provide you optimal instruction online.
With respect to Winter term, there are still many decisions that will need to be made. The college’s ability to accommodate on-site activities such as athletics, student club meetings, and scheduled events will be dependent on several factors, such as guidance and restrictions placed on campus activities by the State of Washington.
For the time being, Clark College will continue as we have, which includes limiting or prohibiting on-campus activities. As restrictions are lifted, and we develop procedures and protocols that will allow those activities to occur on campus safely, we will keep you informed. We look forward to the day when we can bring you back on campus and celebrate your successes as a Clark College student and graduate.
Karin Edwards, Ed.D.
Office: 360-992-2101 | 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA 98663
Executive Assistant to the Board of Trustees | Stephanie Weldy firstname.lastname@example.org
September 29, 2020