Dear campus community,
As we continue to respond to the crisis that COVID-19 has brought, I’d like to take a minute to applaud two of our academic areas for their perseverance in our new normal. Both the College of Business and our School of Agricultural Science and Forestry were scheduled to host site visits for their accrediting agencies this week. Thanks to all of the hard work by the faculty and administrators in preparing for these visits. Needless to say, those visits are now being held virtually. I have no doubt that they will come out of these “visits” earning flying colors after facing this challenge. I never could have imagined doing accreditation site visits virtually. I do believe that we will see more of that in the future, even when this COVID-19 passes.
Our Leadership Team members have been having all meetings on Zoom, and we are carrying on meetings with others outside the university virtually. In the end, we are accomplishing our objectives, being productive and saving some time and resources that would normally be spent on the road. That’s a good thing.
Here are a few of our daily updates, including some very good news related to financial aid in our state.
TOPS and coronavirus
I know many of you are concerned about TOPS and eligibility given all the changes we’ve had this quarter. We have good news! If you were unable to maintain continuous enrollment due to steps taken to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, your school will report this information to LOSFA when submitting your grades or when reporting that you resigned from all courses. An exception will automatically be granted.
For more information, visit the LOFSA website and review the coronavirus Q&A.
Stick to it!
Students – this information is just for you. Please persist in your courses this quarter. I know the changes are challenging, and I know you can do it! Remember to check your emails and Moodle regularly for important information from your professors. Dealing with adversity is one of those important lessons that can be learned in College that will prepare you for success in life. We’re all adjusting to our new normal, and this is just one way they’re working to help you succeed. Please stay in contact with your faculty. They are here to help you!
Faculty members – please ensure your students are engaging on Moodle. If you see a student who needs assistance with Moodle or adjusting to our online courses, please complete the faculty concern form at https://forms.gle/ieo7Vz3baMeYGcw59. Our Retention staff will reach out to help. We need your support in this during this crucial time of transition.
Let’s finish this week strong, Bulldogs.