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Continuity of Education Work Group

Eight TXST COVID-19 work groups were established to create a plan that protects the safety and wellbeing of Bobcats as they return to live, learn, and work on TXST campuses for summer II and fall. These work groups are comprised of more than 120 faculty, staff, and students representing a broad range of departments, expertise, professions, and voices. 

Explore the members, duties and recommendations of the Continuity of Education Work Group:

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    • Dr. Vedaraman Sriraman (Chair), Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
    • Dr. Gene Bourgeois (Ex-officio), Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs
    • Dr. Vincent Morton, Dean of Students
    • Dr. Jenn Beck, Director, Retention Management and Planning
    • Mr. Herb Jones, Associate Director, Housing and Residential Life
    • Dr. Lynn Ledbetter, Professor, School of Music
    • Dr. Michael O’Malley, Dean, College of Education
    • Ms. Sandy Pantlik, Assistant Vice President, University Advancement
    • Mr. Ken Pierce, Vice President, Information Technology
    • Mr. Gary Ray, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management and Marketing
    • Dr. Chad Smith, Chair, Department of Sociology
    • Mr. Gavin Steiger, Director, Office of Disability Services
    • Mr. Jeremy Stolfa, Associate Athletics Director-Facilities and Operations, Department of Athletics
    • Dr. Debbie Thorne, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs
    • Dr. William Chittenden, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, McCoy College of Business
    • Recommend instructional delivery modes for summer session II and fall 2020, camps offered during summer session II, and other on-campus events 

    • Explore alternatives for fall 2020, including delaying the start of the fall semester and modifying the current plan to begin with face-to-face instruction
  • Download the Continuity of Education Work Group recommendations submitted to President’s Cabinet.

    Each work group submitted recommendations to the President’s Cabinet, which informed the Roadmap to Return for students, faculty and staff. To see how these recommendations were incorporated into the university’s plan to return for Summer II and Fall, explore the Roadmap website

    The Continuity of Education work group established subgroups and received input from faculty, chairs/school directors, and deans to help define initial recommendations for summer II and the fall semester. The group submitted recommendations that address:

    • Offering multi-modal delivery of classes that allow for in-person or remote access so students can alternate between delivery type to limit in-person class density to no more than 50 percent of classroom capacity 
    • Utilizing alternative spaces on campuses, such as unused fitness areas, large conference rooms, and library spaces to decrease density in large size classes and allow for physical distancing
    • Strongly recommending face coverings in all classes 
    • Ensuring that an online version of all course offerings is available as a contingency plan
    • Preparing faculty for online instruction and providing resources and support to navigate the new learning environment
    • Addressing safety in teaching labs, clinical practices, internships/cooperative education, field trips, performance spaces and studios, and academic offices
    • Outlining guidelines for on-campus academic events