Message from Provost Stevens and AVP Laves - Summer School Updates
- Cheryl Stevens
- Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Dear WKU students, faculty and staff,
As we finish our second week back to teaching and learning after an extended spring break, I have been heartened by the way you have stepped up to the challenge of continuing your studies, your teaching, and your support in moving us toward the completion of another semester - all while managing complex personal and family obligations.
As we look ahead to summer term, which begins May 18, we must ensure everyone’s continued safety as we plan summer courses. To that end, we will only offer summer courses online or those that include synchronous activities delivered with no personal contact, such as practicums, theses and dissertation hours. It is difficult to predict when it will be safe to lift social distancing precautions, and we believe that making this decision now will give you - our students, faculty, and staff - adequate time to make this transition.
Topnet schedules are being updated with these changes, so please check back frequently and speak with your advisor about schedule changes. Because of this move to online for summer, the 2020 Summer Scholarship award has been increased to help cover the difference between the online rate and resident rate. Eligible undergraduate students enrolled in 6 credit hours this summer, who qualify and apply for the scholarship, may receive a scholarship of $540, which lowers the net cost of those 6 hours to the same as the resident undergraduate rate, regardless of the student’s residency. Check here for more information:https://www.wku.edu/summer/tuition.php.
The Summer Scholarship, paired with summer financial aid and summer Pell Grant, will provide more opportunities for students to participate in Summer Sessions, so please check with your financial aid advisor.
As you prepare to teach online summer courses, please consider taking advantage of CITL's Online Teaching Course (OTC). This four-week training (April 20-May 15) is intended for those who want to both brush up on the fundamentals of teaching online as well as work closely with the instructional design team. The registration link for the on-line teaching course is: https://www.wku.edu/citl/opportunities/otc/.
If you’re interested in arranging one-on-one consultations with CITL’s instructional designers to get your summer courses up and running, please contact Juliana Ortolani (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We are all in this together, and we will get through this together. We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented time and work diligently to make decisions in the best interest of our students and WKU.
Cheryl L. Stevens
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Associate Vice President for Extended Learning and Outreach