As we prepare for the upcoming academic year, the challenges and uncertainty for delivering course content remain in this COVID-19 environment. The college intends to provide academic courses through a variety of formats, including in-person/onsite, blended/hybrid, remote, and online. Since unanticipated circumstances at any time could affect the ability to deliver course content in a particular manner, the college reserves the right to modify the delivery method for course content for the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff. Irrespective of the delivery format, the college’s competitive tuition, and course fee structure shall remain the same for academic courses, consistent with published college tuition and fee schedules. There will be no refund or reduction on tuition or course fees since the college will be providing a full semester of instruction and awarding full academic credit to those who satisfactorily fulfill course requirements.
The Return to Campus Plan highlights strategies identified as best practices for Marion Technical College that will be followed to transition back to onsite operations. The strategies are largely informed by the Governor’s Responsible RestartOhio, and the plan is informed by the latest guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health, the local health department, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When new guidance is issued, plans will quickly be adjusted to align with any new requirements. Employees, students, and visitors are required to adhere to the guidelines outlined below in the Return to Campus Plan.
Return to Campus Plan
June 10, 2020
Message to Students on Return to Campus:
Everyone at MTC hopes you have been safe during these uncertain times. The pandemic has created a great deal of turmoil for all of us, and it certainly disrupted our spring and summer semesters. A team of MTC employees (the Return to Campus Team) has been working on a return to campus plan designed to keep our entire community as safe as possible. We are utilizing guidelines provided by the Ohio Department of Health, the CDC, local health departments, and our local health care partners at OhioHealth. While we finalize these plans, I want to share the current plan for the fall semester at MTC.
We plan to resume face-to-face courses for the fall semester with adjustments to provide safety and flexibility. Many of our face-to-face classes will be smaller than usual to allow for social distancing. We will also be offering more courses in a hybrid format, where you meet face-to-face less frequently and complete other material online. And we will continue to teach many courses online, as we have been doing for more than 20 years. Many of our courses require students to complete labs and hands-on practice. When possible, these activities will be completed earlier in the term in the event we are required to move to remote instruction later in the term. We are also considering other options to minimize disruption to teaching and learning while striving to provide a safe environment for our community.
The return to campus raises concerns and questions, and there is much work to do before the fall semester starts. Our goal is to finalize these plans with our health partners’ help as we continue the return to campus phase of our work. We will be sharing these finalized plans with you as they are available.
I want to thank MTC’s Return to Campus team for their work to bring us back to campus safely. This team has used high-quality student learning in a safe environment as its guiding principle for their work. Please refer to the link on the MTC website for resources related to COVID-19 https://www.mtc.edu/covid-19/.
I am planning to see you in late August!
Ryan McCall, Ph.D.