Academic Continuity Planning

3/1/2021: Checking in on Progress Reports and Incomplete Grades

Colleagues,

I’m writing to check in on a couple of things I’m hearing from advisors about progress reports and incompletes:

Progress Reports
Thank you to all who have already submitted progress reports! This semester’s campaign runs until March 19. Please remember that students do see the language that you submit, so write your messages with them as the primary audience (e.g., “Johannes, I noticed that…”).

Incompletes
I’m hearing from advisors that our students received a high number of incompletes last semester. This is not surprising, of course, given the pandemic, and a clear sign that our instructors are trying to find ways to help students succeed.

The concern expressed to me is that many students do not seem to have a handle on what they need to do about incompletes, and by when. If you granted any incompletes last semester, please reach out to those students and ensure that they have

  • An understanding of the policy, in particular that they know that an ungraded incomplete (“I”) will lapse to an “F” if a grade is not entered by the end of the Spring term.
  • Clear expectations and deadlines.

As a reminder, you can find the text of the policy here (under “incompletes”):
https://catalog.uwm.edu/policies/undergraduate-policies/.

Take care,
Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Past Provost messages regarding 2020-21 Instruction:

2/26/2021: Additional Guidance - Courses Changing Instructional Modality

2/26/2021: Additional Guidance – Courses Changing Instructional Modality

Colleagues,

I hope you are all well. I’m writing to provide some additional guidance developed by the Monitoring Core Team regarding courses changing instructional modality. The attached supplement to the Changes in Modality document (also attached) focuses on concerns arising from courses changing modality from synchronous online to asynchronous. In particular, the supplement asks instructors to provide advanced notice to students and support services prior to implementing any changes. Adequate notice will help our staff to accommodate students in your courses.

The supplement does not replace the expectation that instructors wanting to change modality of their courses should submit their requests to Stephen Schmid, schmids@uwm.edu, for MCT review.

Thank you for reviewing these documents and sharing them with your colleagues.

Take care,
Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

1/25/2021: 2021 Spring Semester Information: Tenure Clock Extension Requests and Updated Instructor FAQ

1/25/2021: 2021 Spring Semester Information: Tenure Clock Extension Requests and Updated Instructor FAQ

Tenure-Clock Extension Requests: Probationary faculty are able to extend their probationary period (i.e. tenure clock extension) due to factors related to the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Tenure-track faculty who have their mandatory tenure review scheduled after January 1, 2021, are eligible to submit a request. Requests must be submitted prior to May 23, 2021. This memo details the process and deadlines for submitting requests.

Instructor FAQ: The Instructor FAQ was recently updated for Spring 2021 semester. In addition to the linked document, instructors and staff should visit the UWM COVID-19 FAQ website for additional information and current updates.

1/20/2021: Guidelines for Changes in Instructional Modality

1/20/2021: Guidelines for Changes in Instructional Modality

Dear Deans, Associate Deans, and Department Chairs,

As we prepare for the start of the spring semester, I want to communicate expectations for the semester regarding desired changes in course modality of in-person courses.

As you know from last semester, some of our students and staff tested positive for COVID-19. UWM decided early on that it would transparently inform instructors and classmates when students in their classes reported a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. To the extent we have student consent through testing or self-reporting, we will continue this practice.

In addition to the Dean of Students Office notifications, we have developed tools for tracking known positive COVID-19 cases of students enrolled in in-person classes (P, H1, H2, and H3) and students living in the residence halls. Updated daily, these tools allow us to identify possible clusters of infections in a timely fashion. In most cases, these clusters will likely have causes outside of the classroom environment. Nonetheless, we recognized the desire last semester to have a clearer picture of where cases were occurring on our campuses. On a weekly basis, we plan to share with deans deidentified case counts for particular courses within respective schools/colleges. These reports are supplemental to the notifications coming from the Dean of Students Office.

Combined, our existing safety protocols and de-densification practices, increased frequency of testing of students and staff regularly visiting campuses, and tracking, tracing and notifications make UWM campuses safe environments to pursue our educational mission.

Part of our educational mission is to provide students with the courses they need and want, including in-person courses. Learning from last semester, we are providing more detailed guidelines regarding any changes of delivery mode for Spring 2021 courses. The attached document provides details on the process instructors and academic unit leads should follow in requesting a change in modality. As the guidelines make clear, changes in modality should be a collaborative conversation between instructors, department chairs, associate deans and deans with the intent of meeting students’ needs.

Please let me know if you have any questions. And, thank you for your and your colleagues’ continued efforts during this challenging year.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

1/11/2021: Start of Semester Memo for Spring 2021

1/11/2021: Start of Semester Memo for Spring 2021

The Start of Semester Memo for Spring 2021 is available online. The memorandum contains useful policy-related information for instructors on the following topics:

  • Course Syllabus Policy
  • Course Reserves
  • Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
  • Religious Observances
  • Policy on Teaching Evaluation Procedures
  • FERPA Reminder
  • Grading and Grade Records
  • Posting of Student Grades
  • Drop /Withdrawal/Repeat Policies
  • Progress Reports
  • Helping Students Cope with Stress
  • Title IX/Sexual Violence
  • The Campus Assessment, Response and Education (CARE) Team and Student Support Team (SST)
  • The S.A.F.E. Campaign
  • Students Called to Military Service
  • Schedule of Final Exams
  • Smoke-Free Campus
12/18/2020: Clarity on Options for Students

12/18/2020: Clarity on Options for Students

Colleagues,

Yesterday we sent a message to Deans and Associate Deans regarding student options for this term, and it raised a number of additional questions about process and fairness. I’m hoping to provide some clarity.

Students may, as always, file an appeal through their advisor to get a late withdrawal from a course. They may expect more leniency than in a more normal semester, but the appeal should not rely solely on poor academic performance (i.e., “I didn’t do well and don’t want the course on my transcript”) or on the difficulty of online coursework. A valid reason would include specific extenuating circumstances that made success impossible. A change to C/NC may also be considered by an advisor at their discretion, but would not typically be granted at this point in the term.

In all cases, the best path to determining the way forward is a conversation between a student and an advisor. Thanks for all of your hard work as we near the end of the term.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

12/17/2020: Additional Options Available for Students

12/17/2020: Additional Options Available for Students

Colleagues,

I greatly appreciate the flexibility and kindness you and your instructors have shown students during another unprecedented semester; I know a lot of instructors are taking on the extra work of providing options beyond the normal alternate assignments, extending deadlines, and providing extra credit opportunities. As we near the end of the term, I just want to remind you of some of the additional options we have available to students who are struggling.

Incomplete. Instructors can choose to grant an incomplete to students who have almost but not quite finished their work during the term. This should be used with caution, as it does create additional work for instructors, and students who take on too many incompletes can get themselves further behind.

Late withdrawal. Students can work with advisors to file an appeal for a late withdrawal, which would allow them to remove the course from their record. This option is likely best for students who have stopped participating, and it would require dean’s-level approval.

Credit/No Credit. We did not move to a credit/no credit option for the full campus this fall, but students may, as was always the case, work with their advisor to submit an appeal to change their grade to credit/no credit. Normally at this point in the term the answer would be no, but deans may wish their advising staff to allow more flexibility this term. This option might be best for students who have been participating consistently, but at a level less than their normal capability. It would also be important to determine that they do not need the graded credit to advance their degree progress.

Thanks for all you do, and I wish you a great end of the term.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

11/17/2020: Post-Thanksgiving Requirements (Fall 2020)

11/17/2020: Post-Thanksgiving Requirements (Fall 2020)

Dear Colleagues,

UW System’s post-Thanksgiving requirements are complex, and we have been determining as an institution how we’ll operate after the break. As we prepare to shift to fully online after Thanksgiving, we have already started receiving requests for exceptions to allow courses to continue in-person instruction or activities. This email reiterates some points of a previous communication and provides additional information and details.

As mentioned in the Friday, November 13 communication, students who engage in on-campus course activities after Thanksgiving will be required to have additional COVID testing, consistent with President Thompson’s order regarding “congregate activities.” Please recognize that these testing requirements will apply to all students who engage in face-to-face instructional activities after Thanksgiving. Please note that President Thompson’s requirements entail that in-person classes will not be held the week of November 30, 2020, because the required twice-tested requirement cannot be met until December 7.

The Monitoring Core Team (MCT) (led by Kim Litwack and Stephen Schmid) will field all requests to continue instructional activities after Thanksgiving. Recognize that if your request is granted, all students in the course must go through the testing regime and cannot participate in activities until December 7. We ask that Deans or Associate Deans submit all requests after vetting within the academic unit. Please send to Stephen (schmids@uwm.edu) the following information for each requested exception:

  1. Course number.
  2. Number of students in course/activity.
  3. Rationale for continuing in-person activities.
  4. Explanation of what accommodations will be in place for students who cannot/will not return to campus for the remaining in-person activities.

After review by MCT and me, MCT will communicate with the person submitting the request. Requests should be sent as soon as possible with a deadline of Wednesday evening, 11/18/20, 5:00 p.m.

In addition to the process above, we want to answer some questions that have arisen.

1. As communicated, campus facilities and residence halls will remain open. Instructors and staff can still access classrooms, offices, and other spaces. We recommend that those who can work at home do so. Most buildings will be open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Klotsche and Student Union will be open for their usual hours until Dec. 22; these usual hours are longer than the 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. timeframe to be used for other buildings on campus. The UWM Libraries will also be open after Thanksgiving. Hours will vary by campus location. Please see the Libraries’ website at https://uwm.edu/libraries/about/hours/.

2. Instructors can use their office, studio, classroom, or lab to teach remotely, if they wish.

3. If alone and not part of a group, students can study, practice, create, or work in studio spaces, labs, practice rooms, study areas, or other spaces that facilitate their studies and success in their coursework. If there are multiple students who will be engaging in such activities and they are part of the same course, then an exception should be requested as per the above. Instructors and deans should be able to produce a list of the names for students who will be utilizing the respective facilities.

4. Students engaged in these solo activities are not required to be tested twice before engaging in these solo activities.

For all activities on campus, UWM’s safety protocols remain in effect. The Emergency Operations Center will likely provide additional information this week about any additional non-academic changes to operations.

If there are other questions that need addressing, please do not hesitate to contact me or the MCT leads.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding and take good care.

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

11/13/2020: Post-Thanksgiving Instruction (Fall 2020)

11/13/2020: Post-Thanksgiving Instruction (Fall 2020)

Dear all:

1. Beginning Monday, November 30, all courses with a face-to-face component on any of the three campuses will switch to a fully online format.

  1. This change includes labs and studios.
  2. This change includes all exams including finals.
  3. Internships, practica, and placements off campus are not affected by this change and may continue if allowed by the off-campus site.
  4. Course-related activities on campus needed for student licensure or related reasons may continue on campus after Thanksgiving. These are expected to be very few and we encourage units to get these activities done before Thanksgiving if at all practical.
  5. The Monitoring Core Team (MCT, led by Stephen Schmid and Kim Litwack) will be the starting point for approval of these post-Thanksgiving on-campus course activities. Please send requests to Stephen (schmids@uwm.edu) with the course, the rationale for continuing, and the number of students involved. Students who engage in on-campus course activities may be required to have additional COVID testing completed; more guidance will be coming on that early next week.

2. Instructors of courses with a face-to-face component are expected to contact their students by early next week to convey their plans for online instruction and exams after Thanksgiving.

3. Research activities including graduate students and staff may continue and will be guided by the safety principles and trigger points outlined in the Office of Research COVID-19 plan.

4. With the change to online instruction, faculty and instructional staff may work at home to the extent consistent with the changes. More guidance for deans, division heads, and supervisors, regarding all employees and onsite work, will be coming next week.

5. Residence Halls will remain open and students may continue living on campus. Students will not be offered refunds if they choose not to return to the residence halls.

6. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be working next week to provide more details on how this change may affect other activities and non-academic operations, including those that serve students or prospective students. Bear in mind that these operations are in a different place than last Spring, with significant safety protocols in place and the campus already de-densified.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

10/21/2020: Fall 2020 Reminders for Instructors

10/21/2020: Fall 2020 Reminders for Instructors

Dear instructors,

First, thank you for your hard work as we navigate this academic year’s many changes. We appreciate all you are doing for our students. The Registrar’s Office wishes to share a few reminders as we head into the second half of the semester:

  • All course evaluations have moved online. If you are already doing online evaluations through the RO Testing Center, you may want to revise your current array of evaluations to limit the total number of questionnaires. Due to limited staffing during this time, processing evaluation results will take longer than usual. If you do not have online evaluations in place, you can develop your own approach for collecting evaluations, ensuring that security and student anonymity are preserved. You may also work with Lisa Fugina (lfugina@uwm.edu) in the Registrar’s Office to develop an online evaluation in Qualtrics, using current templates and predeveloped questions.
  • While some of you may have made arrangement to offer tests in-person, you should also be prepared to accommodate students who are unable to be physically present because of illness, isolation/quarantine, or other valid reasons. In such cases, instructors are strongly encouraged to offer online exams (Proctorio will be available if needed) or other arrangements at the discretion of the instructor.
  • Due to staff reductions and COVID-19 related guidelines on processing, the timeline for the Registrar’s Office to process Scantron forms will be in excess of two weeks. Given the need to provide timely feedback to students, it is strongly encouraged that instructors use other testing formats (such as blue books).
  • The final exam schedule is published online, and the current final exam policy still stands.
  • At the present time, the plan is to continue instruction in the current mode through the end of the fall semester. Classes taught face-to-face currently will continue in that mode until the end of the semester. UWM leadership monitors the larger COVID-19 situation daily, including positivity rates on campus, and would notify the campus community immediately if this decision were to change.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

8/28/2020: Instructor FAQ

8/28/2020: Instructor FAQ

Dear Colleagues,

As we prepare for the start of the semester, we know there are many questions arising among our instructors about what to expect and how to handle COVID-19 related events. You will find an Instructor FAQ posted online that provides answers to many questions we’ve been fielding this month.

The questions are particularly relevant to our instructors teaching in-person classes. However, we think all instructors and academic support staff will benefit, since many of you may hear questions from students or colleagues. We’ve tried to keep the document brief while providing detailed information, instructions, and important links for you and your students.

Please spend time with this document. We hope the information and recommended actions will help you and your students navigate these novel and unfamiliar times. We understand that your class or circumstance may have unique considerations not addressed in this document. Should that be the case, please contact your Dean or Adam Jussel, Dean of Students.

As always, I’m grateful for everyone’s commitment and flexibility in preparing for this new academic year. And, I know that your compassion, caring, and flexibility with our students will demonstrate the values of the UWM Panther community.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

8/20/2020: Key Updates for Fall Semester

8/20/2020: Key Updates for Fall Semester

Colleagues –

Here are some key updates for the fall semester:

Syllabus statement
The Crisis Management Team (CMT) has now approved the COVID statement for all syllabi. Please provide it to your students, at minimum, in the syllabus document.

Academic Testing
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that instructors need to be prepared to accommodate students who are unable to be physically present because of illness, self-isolation/quarantine, or other valid reasons. Instructors should also consider how they can best provide assessments should the campus need to transition to fully online instruction at some point in the semester.

To provide for large-group, proctored exams for hybrid and face-to-face courses, UWM will set up a testing center in the Wisconsin Room of the Union, which can allow up to 150 students to safely take exams at the same time; we may also be able to provide testing in other large lecture halls.

If you already have determined your exam schedule in the fall and would like to use the testing center, please send the following information, via email, to Cheryl Andres at candres@uwm.edu:

Subject/Course number/section (e.g. MATH 105-004):

Enrollment:

Instructor:

Exam dates and times:

Two key considerations:

  1. When making arrangements for students to take tests in-person, instructors should also be prepared to accommodate students who are unable to be physically present because of illness, self-isolation/quarantine, or other valid reasons. In such cases, instructors are strongly encouraged to offer online exams (Proctorio will be available if needed) or other arrangements at the discretion of the instructor.
  1. Due to staff reductions and COVID-19-related guidelines on processing, the timeline for the Registrar’s Office to process Scantron forms will be in excess of two weeks. Given the need to provide timely feedback to students, it is strongly encouraged that instructors use other testing formats (such as use of blue books).

Supplies
If you would like to use your classroom’s blackboard or whiteboard, for health and safety reasons we ask that instructors provide their own markers and chalk and keep them with their own materials. Materials left in classrooms will be disposed of during cleaning.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

7/23/2020: Details on Fall Instruction

7/23/2020: Details on Fall Instruction

Colleagues –

In our many communications this summer to current and admitted students, we discussed the significant challenges and successes of the spring semester, and emphasized that while it was likely that fall 2020 would not be a normal semester, we would be well prepared and ready to move quickly to adapt to new challenges.

As you know, we are now looking at a fall semester that is mostly online. As students are learning this, they have lots of questions and concerns, particularly as some of them had some less-than-ideal online experiences in the spring, whether at UWM, on another campus, or in their high school.

On Monday, students received an email from the Registrar’s Office asking them to look at their schedules, which have now been updated; you can see a copy of this email at the bottom of this message. Below, I also summarize the overall messaging students are receiving about the fall and provide critical guidelines on how instructors can best help students stay enrolled and succeed.

Take care,

Johannes

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WHAT WE’RE COMMUNICATING TO STUDENTS

Scheduling

  • Students will be receiving an update about the City of Milwaukee’s policies, letting them know that we have been approved to proceed with our fall plans without modifications.
  • Students will soon be provided with course modality details (e.g., “if your last name starts with B, you will be face to face on Mondays”); the Registrar’s Office has asked schedule planners to enter this information by Wednesday, July 22.
  • Advisors are working hard to help students understand their schedule and make plans to progress. They will be depending on instructors and department designees and websites to help students make important choices about what can be accomplished during this unusual semester.

Courses

  • Lecture capture will be available in face-to-face classrooms so that students can watch recordings of lectures, and students will be accommodated as much as possible to make their schedules manageable and to support them if they are no longer able to attend a face-to-face course.
  • All in-person instruction will end 15 minutes early, with the expectation that this time limitation will not reduce the overall content of the course.
  • All individual student meetings with faculty, teaching assistants, peer mentors, advisors, coaches, coordinators, and tutors will happen online. Instructors and student support offices and centers will post clear information about availability and scheduling.

GUIDELINES FOR DEPARTMENTS AND INSTRUCTORS

Communication

  • Identify a point person for your department/course array who can be contacted with any modality/accessibility/content/communication issues; this person will be the go-to person for questions from advisors. We will follow up with department chairs so that we can compile this information.
  • Use email and Canvas to reach out to students enrolled in your courses. Students are experiencing a lot of uncertainty about their courses and plans. Get them excited about what they will learn and provide them with course info. For courses that don’t yet have instructors, the Department Chair or Undergraduate Chair can conduct this outreach.
  • Reach out to students in your majors, minors and certificate programs. A supportive note about the fall from a favorite instructor or from a department chair can make a big difference.
  • Ensure your department web site is up to date. Students will rely more heavily than ever on our digital information. Feature career options, exciting updates in the field and news about faculty and alumni. Help students see that a degree is still the best way to plan their future.
  • Ensure the accuracy of your course listings and provide course information on Canvas as well as on PAWS.

Course Design

  • As I have suggested in the Friday meeting (July 17), it is critical that we use Canvas for all courses, in particular the Canvas gradebook. Online gradebooks are a baseline expectation for students coming out of modern high schools, and the use of Canvas is critical for the reporting work of the Persistence Action Team, which relies on Canvas for aggregate data that can identify patterns for students who are struggling in multiple courses.
  • Plan on working virtually for office hours (and other appointments). Post on Canvas and elsewhere (perhaps in your email signature) how students can make appointments.
  • Plan ahead for how you can best accommodate students who can no longer attend a F2F course. More explicit guidance on accommodations is forthcoming; in the meantime, consider how your course design might adapt to support students who need to stop out, or how it might adapt to move fully online, should that become necessary. Be sure your department designee can get into your Canvas site and send a note to students, post material or assist with grading if needed.
  • Plan backup teaching in the event that you are unable to teach or need to be with family.

July 20th note from the Registrar’s Office:

Schedule of classes updated

Dear students,

The UWM family is eagerly awaiting the start of the fall semester, even though it may look a little different than we thought it would. We know you want to know which of your classes will be online or hybrid (some face-to-face class time as well as online engagement). After careful planning, keeping both safety and top-notch educational experiences in mind, we have made the necessary adjustments to the schedule of classes. Please log into your PAWS account as soon as you can to see what your fall schedule looks like.

Your courses themselves have not changed. We have only made updates to the way in which you’ll experience them. For online components, please review your schedule carefully to see if the teaching will be synchronous (you have to be logged in to the course at a certain day and time) or asynchronous (no designated login time). Synchronous online courses will show a day/time on the schedule when you will meet online for class. Asynchronous online courses will not show a day/time on your schedule.

For face-to-face components, you will see classrooms assigned by the first week in August. Some face-to-face courses are splitting enrollment between two or more meeting days (for example: last names A-L meet on Tuesdays, last names M-Z meet on Thursdays). These details will be added to the course notes section on the Schedule of Classes in the beginning of August. To ensure adequate time for additional cleaning, as well as safe, socially distant entry and exit to and from classrooms, face-to-face classes will be dismissed 15 minutes prior to the published end time.

We are confident that we will provide you with an enriching experience whether your courses are online or hybrid. UWM is the best place in Wisconsin to be for this kind of creative thinking: We have 20 years of experience and leadership in online education, and our Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning has implemented an action plan to train our faculty to provide the best learning opportunities no matter the venue.

If you have questions about your schedule or would like to make changes, please contact your academic advisor (who can be found on the home page of your Student Center in PAWS).

Wishing you a great semester!

6/18/2020: Update on Fall Instruction

6/18/2020: Update on Fall Instruction

Dear colleagues,

This is a follow-up email on the Chancellor’s message yesterday regarding our fall planning with more detail on our planning for instruction. While the scenario plan for the fall incorporates face-to-face teaching, it will still be mainly online, given the social distancing constraints and limited classroom space. Here are some key points about the fall plans.

  1. Social distancing will place enormous constraints on the way that we use classrooms. Depending on the configuration, the capacity of classrooms will drop 3-10 fold. As a result, almost none of the current classroom assignments in the fall schedule would work for the fall.
  2. CDC and other guidance limits us to no more than 50 in a classroom independent of its size.
  3. These factors will push the instruction to be mostly online in the fall. All large classes >100 and most mid-sized (50-100) will be online (the exceptions being courses that wish to be face-to-face and adopt the hybrid approach below). Courses with less than 50 can potentially be face-to-face (see draft process outlined below).
  4. In a practical sense, instead of identifying courses to move online, we will start by assuming that everything will be online and then identify courses that units want to have face-to-face. These courses will be forwarded to a prioritization work group who will work with the registrar’s office to try to find a suitable classroom. We want to get this work done asap.
  5. We will encourage using hybrid teaching methods, especially a “flipped” classroom concept where classes are split in half and each half meets just once a week with the instructor for active or other face-to-face learning. The rest of the content is delivered online. Why are we advocating this approach? We have many classrooms that fit 15 students under social distancing constraints, but very few (a couple dozen at UWM) that can fit 20-30 (our most common class size). By splitting the classes, we more than triple the number of classrooms suitable for face-to-face instruction in our most common-sized courses.
  6. For courses taught in unit-held spaces like labs and studios, the units will have to develop plans for those classes, deciding to offer them online or creating a strategy that allows social distancing in those rooms. This will be very challenging to accomplish in a reasonable way for high-enrollment 100-level lab or studio courses, but more practical for smaller upper-division lab or studio courses. University Safety and Assurances can help on those plans. Note that instructors teaching face-to-face courses with hands-on components should strive to complete those activities by Thanksgiving break, in case we need to go online for the remainder of the semester.
  7. Information on designating courses to be face-to-face will be coming out soon. I’ll be asking the deans which courses units would like to have face-to-face, whether the course is in a general assignment or unit-held space, and whether the instructor is willing to adopt the flipped classroom hybrid approach described above (this will make it more likely that a classroom could be found for the course). Other courses would be delivered online and for those, the request would ask if they need to retain their scheduled time or would operate like our traditional online courses with no time assignment.
  8. We are developing the fee structure for the fall, but the plan as I know it will have the same cost to students for online or face-to-face courses.
  9. UWM cares about all of our faculty and staff, and their safety, and intends to make decisions with respect to staffing in the most supportive way possible, while also trying to accommodate needs of students to learn effectively. Program leads will have the opportunity to take into account the needs of faculty and staff, as well as students, in making instructional assignments.
  10. I have charged a Space Planning group, led by Scott Gronert, to implement the SPWG space recommendations. Diane Reddy will lead a subgroup focusing on space prioritization, following the criteria outlined in the report.

More detail on planning strategies is available at

In addition, we have launched a Fall 2020 Reopening website with updates, FAQs organized by topic and a feature to submit questions.

Take care,

Johannes

Johannes Britz
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs