April 5, 2021

Update from Provost

Dear Colleagues,

President Bresciani provided information on NDSU’s return to work in his update on March 26, 2021. I’m writing today to provide additional information on instruction during summer session and fall semester.

The delivery methods of summer session courses will be similar to previous years. During the summer, many courses are offered asynchronously on-line to accommodate the needs of students and faculty. There may also face-to-face (F2F), synchronous online and hyflex offerings to maximize student learning and flexibility.

We do expect a return to normal in-person education for fall semester with most students and faculty physically in the classroom.

Undergraduate classes will primarily be offered face-to-face, but faculty may choose to make hyflex or on-line asynchronous options available to individual students with extenuating circumstances (e.g. an international student who can’t get back to campus). Undergraduate courses that are typically available asynchronously on-line may continue to be offered that way.

Decisions to convert additional undergraduate courses to asynchronous delivery require careful consideration of the faculty, department, dean and provost. While providing flexibility to faculty and students may be ideal, we need to be cognizant of student demand, to determine what is manageable for faculty, and to prioritize student learning. Additionally, we will investigate on-line expansion of some undergraduate degree programs in the coming months.

Graduate courses may be offered F2F, asynchronously online, synchronously online, or hyflex depending on the preferred delivery methods of the faculty, department and the needs of the students (e.g. F2F but hyflex for students abroad or in IVN courses; all synchronous online for working professionals; all asynchronous online for programs in the Great Plains IDEA; all F2F if students can get to campus on so on).

Please let me know if you have questions. I’ll also plan to dedicate time to discuss instructional options in upcoming Conversations with Colleagues sessions, Head/Chairs meetings and Deans’ Council.


Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald


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