What to Expect: Fall 2020 Courses
The following is a letter from Park University Provost Michelle Myers, Ed.D., regarding Fall 2020 classes.
Dear Park Students:
Park University looks forward to welcoming all new and returning students in Fall 2020 at our campuses across the country and online. While we remain committed to our mission to provide all students with accessible, student-centered, quality higher education, Park’s added priorities for the upcoming academic year are to:
• Protect the safety of all students, faculty and staff.
• Comply with all local requirements for physical distancing and classroom cleaning protocols.
• Maximize students’ opportunities for face-to-face instruction and co-curricular engagement.
In support of these priorities, we have important information to share concerning course delivery and enrollment for Fall 2020. Please note: The detailed plans below are specific to Fall 2020. Decisions concerning Spring 2021 course delivery will be made in mid-fall and communicated in the same fashion.
Course Delivery for Fall 2020
This fall, all classes at Park’s campuses, including the flagship Parkville (Mo.) Campus, will be offered in a blended format instead of fully face-to-face.
In an on-ground blended class, a portion of the instruction takes place face-to-face in the classroom and the rest occurs each week through Canvas. On-ground blended classes — in particular, those requiring on-campus labs and studios — will meet on the respective campus for the face-to-face portion of their classes. Additionally, Park will offer a number of Fall classes in an online blended format. In these classes, the face-to-face class meetings will happen via Zoom, with the rest of the work taking place in Canvas.
Multiple Needs, Multiple Options
Park’s diverse student body includes people with different learning preferences and scheduling needs, and we understand that some students may want face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers, but cannot commit to set meeting days/times. To address those students, Park will also offer fully online courses, where there’s no set meeting day/time and students will complete the class requirements week-by-week via Canvas. In addition to Park’s regular 8-week online courses, faculty are also creating several 16-week online courses. These 16-week online courses will contain optional opportunities to interact face-to-face with faculty and students through Zoom, such as virtual office hours and learning sessions.
Park’s faculty are hard at work designing high quality, interactive blended and online classes for Fall.
Residential Life and Athletics
Parkville Campus and Gilbert (Ariz.) Campus students who plan to live in campus housing and/or who are student-athletes: Please watch your in-boxes for detailed plans about housing and athletics.
Next Steps for Students
If you’ve already enrolled for the 2020 Fall semester / Fall I term, no action is needed on your part. You will receive communications in the coming weeks describing how your courses will work within the days/times already on your schedule.
If you haven’t already registered for your Fall classes or need to change your enrollment, we are here to help. Please contact:
• Parkville Daytime Student Success — email@example.com / (816) 746-2526
• Online Student Success — firstname.lastname@example.org / (877) 505-1059
• Graduate Student Success — email@example.com / (816) 559-5625
• Gilbert Campus Student Success — firstname.lastname@example.org / (480) 214-2100
Do you have general questions about the plan for Fall 2020? Please e-mail the Office of Academic Affairs at email@example.com.
For 145 years and counting, Park University has used flexibility and innovation to meet students’ needs and we will continue to do so in the days, months and years ahead. Thank you for choosing Park.