Open for Fall, Applying Lessons Learned
BY KIM SINGER
BSC is turning its pandemic challenges into better delivery for student learning this year.
A MULTI-LAYERED APPROACH
Across BSC, students and faculty are required to wear masks and maintain the recommended six feet of separation. Michael Tomanek, associate professor of English, said CAD software was used to map out classrooms to determine the maximum amount of students allowed. “Instructors may use a delivery mode that best suits the individual context, but students will have some amount of regular live interaction.”
STUDENT CONNECTION & TECHNOLOGY
"The pandemic forced BSC to adjust and make rapid changes to what the spring semester looked like. The entire college learned how to leverage technology to greater levels in our work with students,” said Daniel Leingang, Vice President for Academic Affairs.
“The fall semester looks as much like the previous fall semester as possible,” Leingang added. “Yes, we've made some adjustments to how we function, but a solid mix of face-to-face, studio and online courses are being offered. We are open. We are prepared. We will provide the best possible learning environments for our students as they fulfill their educational goals.”
NO REASON TO WAIT
In a world of unknowns, BSC continues to offer a high quality education at a low price point. This is becoming more attractive for prospective students who were looking at attending a college or university in a state that’s not fully reopened. Karen Erickson, dean of Enrollment Management, said, “A lot of students have been waiting to see how this is going to end. We’re here. Don’t put your future on hold. For a low investment, BSC can make you highly skilled in order to get you a high-paying job in a high-demand field.”
Prospective students are able to come tour BSC’s beautiful campus in person or via new 360-degree photos online. “We have one of the most gorgeous campuses,” said Erickson. “Plus, BSC can provide people with a skill that will stay with them, and they can do even during challenging times. We’re best positioned to be able to rapidly pivot and serve students as they need these skills, because we’ve always looked at the community needs.”
For up-to-date information on what the fall semester looks like at BSC visit our BSC Smart Start page.