Dear OSU-Cascades faculty and staff,
I am writing to share that after careful consideration with our university partners on the Corvallis campus, local and state health authorities, and with feedback from our faculty and students, OSU-Cascades will continue to offer instruction using a mix of modalities for winter term. By doing this, we prioritize educational success for all learners, contribute to health and safety of students, faculty and staff, and help minimize the possible spread of COVID-19.
This decision is in keeping with OSU President King Alexander’s Oct. 5, 2020, announcement about winter term instruction on our Corvallis campus.
At this time, it appears that OSU-Cascades faculty plan to teach approximately 46% of courses either in-person or in a blended format this winter. The balance of courses will be taught remotely.
I thank our faculty for the creativity and effort they are bringing to their teaching in order to continue to engage and connect with our students. This work is in keeping with a recent survey of OSU-Cascades’ students, in which we learned that connections to faculty are overwhelmingly important to our students.
During winter term, OSU-Cascades campus buildings will remain open to faculty and students via key access, and will stay closed to the general public per guidance from the Governor’s Office. Tuition and fees remain the same as for fall term. Student fees will be determined based upon recommendations from the OSU-Cascades Student Fee Committee and ASCC.
As we plan for spring term, we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and if possible, increase in-person instruction and on-site extracurricular and experiential learning opportunities for students. A decision about spring term will be made after the start of winter term.
I am incredibly proud of the dedication and caring our students, faculty and staff and have shown for one another as we navigate the challenges of the pandemic.
Please join me in continuing to work together to contribute to a healthier OSU-Cascades community.