November 2, 2020
It’s time to start planning for spring semester! This message is about the upcoming registration process.
- Take a look: the Spring 2021 course schedule is now available for everyone to view in MyColumbia.
- Get ready: Registration opens for continuing students on November 9.
- What’s in the mix: A blend of hybrid and remote instruction will continue; offering a mix of instructional modalities for students.
- Timing matters:
- All classes will be taught remotely the first week of the spring semester, January 25-30, and access to campus will be limited.
- Campus will open for on-campus learning beginning February 1, the second week of the spring semester.
- Not your typical ‘spring break’: Classes will be held during the week of March 29. Instead of a spring break week we are instituting “Making Week,” which will happen later in the semester.
- So what and when is Making Week? Making Week is a time for reading, study and creative work in preparation for end-of-semester critiques, productions, and performances, and it will happen May 3-8, before the final week of the semester. There will be no classes during Making Week, but all campus facilities will be open for independent student work.
- When will the spring semester end? The last week of classes will continue to be May 10-15.
More Details about Spring Semester Planning:
Our planning for the spring is first and foremost informed by our expectations for the COVID-19 pandemic and the lessons learned from our own reopening planning. We anticipate that COVID-19 will continue to disrupt operations into the spring, and our course offerings will continue to prioritize on-campus learning in classes where campus access is either necessary to achieving learning outcomes or otherwise important to the learning experience. We will continue to offer a mix of courses and modalities that allows students to stay on track to program completion and graduation while adhering to our safety protocols.
Adjustments to the Spring Calendar
We expect that Chicago will continue to impose health restrictions on travel, including the requirement to quarantine if traveling from states of concern. Students living on campus will continue to need to meet Residence Hall protocols, and all students, faculty and staff will need to be in compliance with City health protocols to access campus.
To facilitate full compliance with City health protocols, all classes will be taught remotely the first week of the spring semester, January 25-30, and access to campus will be limited. Campus will open for on-campus learning beginning February 1, the second week of the spring semester.
We are also adjusting the spring schedule by eliminating the mid-semester spring break week. Classes will be held as normal during the week of March 29. Instead, we are instituting “Making Week,” a time for reading, study and creative work in preparation for end-of semester critiques, productions, and performances. Making Week will happen May 3-8, before the final week of the semester. There will be no classes during Making Week, but all campus facilities will be open for independent student work. The last week of classes will continue to be May 10-15.
The Spring Schedule
The schedule that is being released today includes some classes that require in-person experiences and many that are fully remote. We will continue to offer courses with and without required on-campus elements:
- FULLY REMOTE (“WEB”): No required in-person activities. You still have access to campus facilities, but you can complete all course activities without utilizing them. If synchronous, you should expect that your class holds required meetings ONLY at the times listed on the course schedule. Asynchronous classes allow you to work at your own schedule.
- HYBRID/FACE-TO-FACE: Some of the learning outcomes of your course require you to meet in person – to complete activities that can’t be done remotely, to use specialized equipment or facilities, or to complete the course experiences designed by your instructor. If you sign up for a HYBRID or FACE-TO-FACE class, you should plan to be in Chicago and on campus on the days and times designated in your course syllabus.
Please visit the Columbia Central website for more information on course modalities and how to read the course schedule.
In multi-section courses, where it is pedagogically appropriate there are both remote and in-person courses offered. Students should choose class sessions based on the modality that best fits their needs and comfort levels. Requests for accommodations for health reasons should be addressed to the SSD office (SSD@colum.edu).
I encourage you to explore the schedule in preparation for registration. If you have questions, please connect with academic advising or your faculty – we are here to help!
Senior Vice President and Provost