Hunter College is offering approximately 5,500 course sections for Fall 2020. Our campus has moved deliberately—and expeditiously—to adjust the delivery of our courses to be consistent with the Chancellor’s email of July 10, 2020. President Raab convened the “Focus on the Fall Committee,” comprised of faculty, staff, students, and administrators, to determine the most appropriate course modality for each course section. In addition, members of this committee met with individual deans and department chairs to discuss the particular academic needs for their respective units.
It was determined that the overwhelming majority of Hunter’s course sections would be offered in a fully remote format for Fall 2020 (92%). For a relatively small and focused group of courses, it was determined that there was an essential academic need for in-person delivery, either in a Hybrid (7%) or In Person modality (1%). These in person activities comport with those outlined by the Chancellor: they are in studio arts, theatre, lab science, nursing, and similar courses. The responsible parties for each of these courses have developed a preliminary safety plan that is broadly consistent with the NYS and CUNY guidelines. At present, we are finalizing these plans for implementation for Fall 2020 and readying our instructional spaces.
The following list of activities is planned and underway for instructional space:
Stage 0: Determine which courses have academic requirements for in person activities (Complete as of 7/30/2020)
Disseminate information about the guidelines for in person and hybrid activities to all Deans and Chairs.
Task Deans and Chairs to discuss in person activities with their respective faculties.
Meet with Deans and Chairs with clear standards for hybrid and in person activities.
Finalize list of courses with Hybrid or In Person course Modalities.
Focus on the Fall Committee reviews aggregated list.
Provide all Course Modality data to our campus Registrar to amend our course offerings in CUNYFirst.
For all sections with a modality, we are 92% Online (5113 sections), 7% Hybrid (401 sections), and 1% In Person (70 sections). Note that these Hybrid and In Person totals include internships, which typically do not list a Hunter College facility (room).
There are approximately 56 total courses meeting in a Hunter College facility (123 sections total). Of these sections, 98 are Hybrid and 25 are In Person. These largely form the basis for our on campus Instructional Restart.
A list of all courses with H and IP modalities appears in the Appendix.
Stage 1: Finalize safety plans for courses with in-person activities and ready instructional spaces.
Chairs and Deans, or their appointees, submit preliminary information about each course, including a preliminary safety plan and needs assessment for personnel and other materials. Application for In-Person/Hybrid Instruction
Hunter has prepared an Instructional Safety Checklist to provide all Deans, Chairs, Faculty or other Responsible Parties with clear guidance.
All approved on-site courses will be required to complete a safety plan demonstrating ability to comply with physical distancing, PPE, hygiene and cleaning, and other safety measures as appropriate.
Instructional Safety Plans shall be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Fall Forward Committee.
Instructional Safety Plans shall be submitted to EHS for final approval.
Rooms shall be configured with the support of Facilities as needed to relocate furniture and mark appropriate physical distancing locations and provide proper PPE and cleaning materials.
Stage 2: Begin Limited In-Person Fall Instruction up to 25% Campus Capacity
Stage 3: Increase In-Person Instruction up to 50% Campus Capacity, TBD
Stage 4: Return to Regularly Scheduled In-Person Instruction up to 100% Capacity
Many Hunter students participate in internships and external placements, either as requirements of their academic program or as optional experiences. In these cases, Hunter intends to follow the internship guidance from Update #18 CUNY COVID-19 Guidance on Academic Continuity. Each department will be expected to inform students of these guidelines and obtain agreements for each student that participates in an internship. All agreements should be forwarded to their respective dean’s office.
To facilitate the creation of high-quality online content, during Stage 1, Hunter will open the Center for Online Learning in C105HN for recording video lectures. The model classroom and recording booths will be open to faculty after a consultation with an educational technologist and then by appointment. Interested faculty should contact the Center for Online Learning at firstname.lastname@example.org for an initial consultation.
The Faculty Resource Center is located on the Ground Floor of the North Building and can be reserved or made available on drop-in basis.
Five sound-proof rooms are available where faculty may conduct research, instructional programming and record or conduct classes. Space may be reserved for 3-hour blocks between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm weekdays, 10:00 am and 2:00 pm Saturday and Sunday and by appointment outside these hours. It is available for drop-in use as available but reservations will be given priority and are recommended.
A limited number of faculty are interested in providing optional on-site meetings with small groups of their students. These meetings will have a clear educational purpose, they will enhance the academic experience, and they will be occasional. The optional nature of thee meetings will be clearly emphasized to all participants. These meetings will likely take place in tented outdoor spaces at Hunter’s 68th Street Campus or the Silberman Building. All participants will follow the safety and physical distancing guidelines presented elsewhere in the document.
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