Spring 2021 Course Schedule
Tuesday, October 06, 2020
We are now more than a month into the fall semester, and I am proud of the efforts of our students, faculty and staff to keep the campus community safe through this difficult situation. I am also inspired by your perseverance and creativity in addressing the challenges this semester has presented.
We will continue to work with you to ensure you are thriving this semester. At the same time, we are looking ahead to the spring. The Spring 2021 course schedule is now available on Goldmine. As our faculty and staff prepared this schedule, they incorporated some of the suggestions they heard from students while keeping in mind four of our principal objectives:
- Protect the health of faculty, staff, students and visitors to the campus.
- Maintain student progress toward degrees.
- Continue to advance research.
- Create a culture of using best health practices.
While we anticipate that COVID-19 will still be present in our community during the spring semester, our expectation is that UTEP will be at “Medium Density Operations,” but not yet at “Open Campus” as outlined in our Campus Recovery Matrix.
Medium Density Operations requires 6-foot distancing, so we would not have in-person courses at full capacity. In practical terms, this means we will need to continue with a combination of online, hybrid and in-person options.
Many of you have told us how challenging it is to learn entirely online. We hear you and we will be working to increase opportunities for direct, meaningful interactions with faculty members in online work. In addition, the new schedule will increase the availability of select courses in 8-week mini terms. The first mini-term will begin in January and will run through March. The second will begin in March and will run through May. Students who register for these courses will be able to focus their attention on a smaller number of courses at a time while maintaining the same progress toward their degrees. Finally, in response to your requests, we will be enhancing services to help students manage stress and improve their emotional health.
We know that a rich college experience is something that positively impacts your well-being in many ways. That is why, if a vaccine does become widely available in the spring, we will be creative and engage you in ways that not only build a sense of community, but also stimulate your academic and intellectual growth. Plans are still being developed to significantly increase engagement and activity on campus, including more in-person study groups, expanded research opportunities, reactivating clubs and organizations, and expanded co-curricular engaged learning. We are especially excited about a new partnership with LinkedIn Learning, an e-learning resource that will provide all students, faculty and staff access to more than 16,000 professional development workshops and resources free of charge.
We are still very early in our planning. If you have suggestions or ideas about things you would like to see, send us an email at RecoveryTaskForce@utep.edu.
Please review the Spring 2021 course schedule as soon as you can so you can begin making your own plans for next semester. To find out when you can begin registering for spring classes through Goldmine, visit this page. Your advisor is ready to discuss questions and help you get registered for what you need.