Academics

Carroll College is committed to providing a quality education in-person this fall. The semester will look a bit different compared to years past, with social distancing measures, a shortened fall semester and other mitigation measures designed to keep the campus community safe.

Fall Semester

To ensure student academic success and minimize risk to all, the plan includes the following:

  • In-person classes on campus will commence with an early start date of August 17, 2020.
  • Fall Break will be eliminated to ensure completion of all courses, including finals, before Thanksgiving by November 25, 2020.  Labor Day on September 7, 2020 will be observed as a class holiday.
  • Implement social distancing, healthy hygiene and cleaning protocols.
  • Cleaning supplies will be provided in each classroom to be used as follows:
    • At the end of each class, students and faculty will be expected to spray down desks, chairs, tables, teaching stations and technology in each classroom.
    • At the beginning of each class, students and faculty will be expected to wipe down desks, chairs, tables, teaching stations and technology in each classroom.
  • Students and faculty are required to wear face coverings in all classrooms while in class and labs until further notice (additional precautions may be required in labs).
  • Classes will be scheduled in classrooms to achieve 50% of room capacity by one of the following measures:
    • Moving small classes to larger spaces.
    • Splitting larger classes into two sections.
    • Identifying overflow spaces, where two rooms can be reached simultaneously with video technology.
    • Removing furniture from overcrowded rooms and taping off chairs in stadium seating lecture halls.
    • Alternating in-person classes/labs to limit number of students in one space using technology to supplement with a hybrid modality.
  • Academic technology will assist faculty to leverage technology in their teaching modalities.
  • Will deliver a limited number of fully remote/on-line courses based upon student and faculty needs.
  • Faculty will hold office hours and meet with advisees whether teaching in-person or remotely.  Their office hours and contact information can be found on the course syllabi and in Moodle.
  • Disciplines requiring laboratory/experiential learning will develop safety protocols/training and deploy simulation opportunities if appropriate.
  • Departments requiring community-based placements (i.e. nursing clinical, student teaching, internships) will ensure that sites adhere to safety, health and social distancing protocols and that students receive appropriate orientation and training before placement.
  • Performing Arts courses and programs:
    • Vocal and wind instrument ensembles and performances will be suspended until it can be determined that students can safely engage in these activities.
    • Choir courses offered for academic credit will continue to be offered utilizing simulated digital options.
    • String ensemble will be offered and conducted adhering to institutional requirements for health, safety and sanitation in the classroom.
    • Theater will only select shows with ability and permission to livestream in lieu of live performances.
    • A decision will be made by July 1, 2020 regarding the possibility of postponing the fall musical to 2021.
    • Rehearsals will be conducted adhering to social distancing protocols, including the use of face coverings and other protective gear.

What is the difference between online, remote, hybrid and in-person instruction? See instructional method definitions.

Global Education

To ensure the safety of all, the following guidelines will apply:

  • International degree seeking and exchange students will be allowed to enroll in fall classes provided they have been issued a visa and comply with all Federal and State regulations for entering the country.
  • Preliminary planning for faculty-led study abroad programs may take place over the summer. However, the college will make a final decision no later than September 15, 2020 as to whether or not the program will take place over the winter break based upon the status of the pandemic and feasibility of traveling safely.
  • Carroll students who seek to study abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year will be advised regarding the risks associated with traveling internationally during the pandemic. Academic departments will make suitable alternative arrangements or substitutions for students enrolled in majors that require a study abroad experience should they choose not to travel prior to degree completion in May of 2021.

While the College is committed to having classes in person this August, Carroll is prepared to move to remote delivery should we be faced with a second outbreak of COVID-19 and a return to Phase 1.  

Training

To ensure our faculty, staff and students are prepared to mobilize any plan, the following training has been or will be provided.

Training for Faculty

  • Mandatory 1-Week Training: Future-proofing Every Course: This training is for all Carroll faculty and is designed to establish some standard practices for course design and delivery that will position us as a College to deliver instruction at a distance on short notice. It will also improve the student experience by creating a more uniform application of Moodle.
  • Fundamentals of On-line Teaching (Optional): This training is mandatory for faculty that wish to teach fully asynchronous courses, meaning any course which does not have regularly scheduled meeting times. It covers the basics of asynchronous teaching with a strong focus on building and leveraging a social presence in the on-line learning space.
  • Advanced On-line Teaching: Communities of Practice (Optional): This training is for faculty that have already taken the Fundamentals of On-line Teaching course. Rather than a traditional course, this is a guided collaboration between practicing faculty to augment their on-line teaching skills.

Training for Faculty/Staff/Students

  • Video training on appropriate health and safety protocols, i.e. wellness checks, wearing PPE, social distancing, sneezing/coughing etiquette, handwashing, etc.
  • Training for students on remote learning expectations, tips for success when learning remotely, and academic integrity.

Student Academic Support Services

The Saints Success Center offers a number of academic support services including academic advising, testing, career services, placement and accessibility resources.  These services will be provided either in-person implementing social distancing protocols or virtually.

  • Accessibility accommodations will continue to be provided through the Saints Success Center including, but not limited to, the following:
    • Accommodated testing services
    • Note-taking
    • Recording lectures
    • Electronic textbooks
    • Text/speech software
    • Assisted technologies
    • Vocational rehabilitation services
    • Tutoring is available in-person or virtually and can be scheduled online.

Corette Library and Simperman Learning Commons

The Library and Learning Commons will continue to offer services to Carroll students, faculty and staff. To ensure the safety of all, the following guidelines will be followed:

  • Library interior doors schedule is as follows:
    Unlocked (for campus use only):
    - M-TH: 7:45 am to 6:00 pm
    - F: 7:45 am - 4:30 pm
    Key Card Accessibility for students and employees:
    - M-TH: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    - Sat: 12:00 - 4:00 pm
    - Sun: 12:00 - 8:00 pm
  • Library interior doors are locked 24/7 and a Carroll College ID card is required to gain entry.  Hours of operation and some services may be modified in order to maintain appropriate health and safety measures for staff and patrons as well as allow for appropriate levels of sanitation and cleaning.
  • Public access to the Library has been suspended until further notice. The public will not be allowed to check out materials at this time, nor use the facility. 
  • Per College requirements, anyone entering the Library and Learning Commons must wear a face covering at all times through Phase 2.
  • Library services will be provided either in-person implementing social distancing protocols or virtually.
  • The circulation desk and course reserves cart are self-service with the checkout of materials available by using the Carroll ID number.
  • Where possible with availability of the format and budget, we are trying to transition to electronic course reserves.  For physical course reserves, the recommended best practice by the American Library Association is to quarantine lending materials like books. At this time, we are practicing a minimum 3-day quarantine for physical items.
  • The librarian information desk has been converted to a drop-in station for students to access live on-line help from a librarian.
  • The Library is no longer placing interlibrary loan requests for physical items; however, it is still possible to place interlibrary loans for digital materials.
  • Although the majority of the Library’s collection can be accessed electronically, efforts are being made to convert frequently used resources from the existing physical collection into e-books and publications when possible.
  • Services from the writing and communication centers will continue to be available through the learning commons with adherence to required health and safety protocols.