July 23, 2020: Bridge to Clemson Update from TCTC President Dr. DeHay
Clemson University announced yesterday that it will begin the fall semester online and will delay in-person instruction until September 21. Clemson also announced that move-in for students living on campus is now scheduled to begin September 13. Clemson’s academic calendar will not change at this time. These decisions were made based on the current COVID-19 environment and the number of students that typically reside on Clemson’s campus. Click here to view the full announcement.
Upon learning of Clemson’s decision, I consulted with academic leadership to determine a course of action. I then sent a message to Bridge to Clemson students notifying them that their Tri-County courses will be delivered entirely online between August 17 and September 21. After September 21, their courses will transition to the previously scheduled delivery method (e.g., in person, online or hybrid). More information regarding course delivery will be communicated to Bridge students and faculty next week.
While Clemson’s announcement does have a significant impact on Bridge students and some Tri-County faculty, it does not impact the broader Tri-County student population. Therefore, Tri-County’s academic calendar will not change, and the fall term will begin on August 17 as planned.
At Tri-County, we pride ourselves on creating a supportive environment in which to learn and succeed in all instructional delivery modes. Whether courses meet online or in person, Tri-County is committed to providing an educational experience that is engaging, interactive, and offers timely and meaningful feedback. Students will have opportunities to interact and engage with not only the course content but with other students and instructors as well.
I appreciate your continued flexibility and patience as we navigate the many challenges created by the coronavirus.
In your service,
Galen DeHay, Ph.D.