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Faculty opt to move 54% of classes online in the fall

first_imgAlexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Minority students talk about election results TCU News Now 2/24/2021 Alexis King ReddIt Previous articleSeniors talk about canceled commencementNext articleDean of School of Interdisciplinary Studies resigns Alexis King RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mada: How one app is helping you pick what to wear Twitter Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Linkedin Alexis King is a journalism major with a minor in digital culture/data analytics from Plano, Texas. Alexis hopes to to work in entertainment news after she graduates. Alexis enjoys traveling and spending time with her friends & family. TCU News Now 3/24/2021 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin + posts ReddIt Facebook Twitter Alexis Kinghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/alexis-king/ Tables and chairs remain empty outside the Mary Couts Burnett Library. (Photo by Heesoo Yang.) Facebook printEven if they don’t sign up to take fall classes fully online, there’s a good chance many TCU students won’t be in the classroom. A survey of faculty done by the provost’s office found they prefer to teach online this fall. The survey followed a contentious Faculty Senate meeting in which faculty pushed back against plans to teach in the classroom despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s the breakdown of the survey, which had a 91% participation rate: Lower undergraduate: 1,228 courses total, 57% online, 43% on-campusUpper undergraduate: 1,082 courses total, 51% online, 49% on-campusTotal undergraduate: 2,310 courses total, 54% online, 46% on-campusGraduate: 327 courses total, 51% online, 49% on-campusAcademic deans will still have to approve instructors’ teaching preferences. Provost Teresa Dahlberg said that the faculty choosing to teach online are individuals that have someone in their family or are “People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness” as defined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).“We are limiting the number of students in a classroom to around 30, which will enable students to maintain physical distancing while entering and exiting class.”Provost Teresa DahlbergInstructors have until Aug. 7 to change their delivery modality through their dean’s office. Prior to the deadline, class rosters will be updated to identify the ratio of online to on-campus students in one’s class.TCU Faculty Senate Chair Sean Atkinson said that one of the reasons the recent Faculty Senate meeting was urgent is because faculty are not only concerned about their health, “but for the health and well-being of every member of the TCU community.“It was a hard meeting because many faculty were also upset about the continued lack of shared governance in the decision-making process at TCU,” said Atkinson. Read More: Students adjust to Zoom classroom challengesAlong with the option for faculty to teach online, Dahlberg also said TCU has made many changes to enforce physical distancing on campus.“The TCU facilities team has mapped out the ‘physical distancing capacity’ for each classroom, which provides a six-foot radius between seats, appropriate circulation around the room, and ample (eight-feet deep by room width) space for the instructor,” said Dahlberg.“If an instructor is teaching an on-campus with an enrollment over 30, they are encouraged to split their students into groups that take turns attending class live and virtually,” she said.In addition to new cleaning protocols, TCU will provide hand sanitizing stations throughout the building where “everyone can refill their personal hand sanitizer containers as needed.”With the approaching return to campus in the fall, Atkinson adds that “faculty is still concerned about the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty.“Faculty hopes to continue to see developments on testing, tracing, and safety protocols,” said Atkinson.Similar to TCU Housing & Residence Life, Dahlberg said there will be prominent signage at each location and wipes for disinfecting surfaces in shared spaces.Dahlberg said students should choose to take in-person courses if they want the “extra-curricular engagement available on a physically distanced campus and are committed to participating in health and safety protocols to keep the TCU community safe.” World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more