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Academics

Manhattan College is committed to providing a robust educational experience for all of our students. The information that follows provides more details about plans for the fall semester.

Pedagogical Approaches | Academic Facilities | Experiential Learning | Student Support | Registration & Advising

Pedagogical Approaches

Student equity, academic rigor and campus safety are primary concerns as the College implements new protocols in relation to teaching modes, scheduling options, laboratory requirements, experiential learning and graduate study.

  • Faculty across all disciplines continue to examine and recommend a variety of possible instructional models — such as hybrid and dual-learning approaches — to meet the needs of students in a wide range of courses, including lectures, seminars, laboratory research and experiential learning

  • The College is committed to offering as many in-person courses and experiences as possible following safety guidelines. This includes simultaneously teaching students who are in the classroom or in a remote location, as well as a variety of other potential approaches.

  • The Center for Academic Success is instituting faculty workshops as needed to ensure equity and access for all students in remote, hybrid, and on-site courses

  • Both in on-site and remote academic settings, the College will accommodate students who make use of the Specialized Resources Center, as well as those affected by COVID-19 or other illnesses

  • Drawing on its strengths in remote and hybrid learning, the College will ensure continuing academic integrity by assisting faculty and students in the use of emerging pedagogical strategies and models for online testing and assessment

  • Department chairs and faculty will enhance the remote and hybrid experience through expanded use of virtual learning platforms like Moodle

  • The College will ensure that students understand and have the necessary equipment to excel in all courses under new pedagogical approaches and protocols (e.g.,  technologies such as video capture)

Academic Facilities

Social distancing guidelines require the College to rethink the effective use of classroom capacity for courses that include an on-campus learning component.

According to COVID-related guidelines —which are subject to change—classroom use will be about 40-60% of original capacity. Therefore, teaching spaces (classrooms, laboratories, etc.) that accommodated 24 to 32 students will now serve between 10 and 18. The College has identified a variety of ways to accommodate this new reality, including these:

  • Spread the scheduling of course sections to make more efficient use of existing spaces; also alternate schedules for student cohorts in sections with a mixed remote/live component

  • Ensure the ready use of classrooms by providing ample cleaning and protective supplies (e.g. disinfecting wipes) for students and instructors to use as they enter and leave each space

  • Designate some courses or meeting times as “online only” or “remote only,” especially in relation to courses whose instructors are allowed to only teach remotely

  • Schedule classes to utilize the entire schedule and to optimally match class enrollment to the socially-distanced classroom

Laboratory/Studio/Simulation Courses

Learning to conduct research in a laboratory setting is usually a face-to-face, hands-on experience. In these courses, as in others, social distancing and safe work environments are priorities. Department chairs and faculty are instituting measures to ensure student health in these teaching environments while identifying opportunities for enhanced remote learning.

On-Site

  • Divide laboratories into smaller functional units by scheduling additional sections and splitting current sections into staggered units

  • Whenever possible, rotate between in-person and online components either weekly or throughout the semester

  • Provide physical dividers and modify equipment to ensure distancing among multiple users

  • Increase the availability of supplies to minimize the need to congregate at particular stations, closets, etc.

  • Regularly clean shared equipment after each use and provide antibacterial wipes and disinfectants at every workstation

  • Ensure appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) specific to each lab; provide special accommodations where necessary for most-at-risk individuals

  • Whenever feasible, faculty will create instructional videos to avoid exclusively gathering in closed areas

  • Develop a plan for regular student and faculty feedback regarding the efficacy of these and other measures

Remote Laboratories

  • Increase the availability of software applications through the use of Apporto Virtual Desktop or other virtual platform

  • For remote students or courses that replicate the “hands-on” experience of science and engineering laboratories through the provision and allocation of appropriate equipment

  • Prepare and send packages of equipment needed to conduct some laboratory activities at home in concert with online instruction; when necessary, loan equipment and computers to students who are unable to procure them and lack access to regularly used Cloud servers

  • Some computer laboratory classes — for example, in communications and the O’Malley School of Business — will require student access to physical labs due to the use of unique hardware (e.g., sound mixers) or specialized platforms such as Bloomberg software.

  • Create high-quality instructional videos while employing technology for the collection, analysis and presentation of data

  • When deemed feasible and necessary, reschedule laboratory-intensive courses for the spring 2021 semester

Experiential Learning

Immersive experiences are an important part of a Manhattan College education. Internships, externships and other programs prepare students to apply classroom knowledge and skills in an actual working environment.

Due to COVID-19, the College will strive to provide this valuable experience while taking special measures to ensure student safety in compliance with the expectations of New York State and accrediting agencies regarding placement hours, etc.

  • The College will work closely with external partners to ensure student safety while meeting the needs and expectations of on-site learning providers.

  • Toward this end, the College will produce and continually update policy statements for remote and in-person experiential learning opportunities with special attention to the needs of each School and department.

  • The College also will draft appropriate policies for guest speakers and campus lectures.

  • When necessary and possible, internships, guest speakers, and community-engaged experiences will partially or completely shift to a virtual learning environment.

Student Support and Success

Manhattan has earned a reputation for excellence in providing student support services. The College is dedicated to protecting students, faculty and administrators from COVID-19 while ensuring the seamless delivery of these services on and off campus.

The Student Support and Success group comprises the Registrar Career Development, Veterans Services, the O’Malley Library, Advising, the Specialized Resource Center (SRC) and Academic Success Services.

Together, these areas provide advising (faculty, academic, supplemental), peer mentoring, testing and class accommodation, career development, study hall accommodations, tutoring and supplemental instruction, summer programs, training (student, faculty and staff development), clinical and practicum internships, student teaching and library operations.

These areas will continue to use existing online services while ensuring the safety of in-person activities for students, faculty and administrators.

Registration

  • Remote registration and scheduling will continue to be an online activity without any changes

  • Current students will follow the online process already in place to schedule and register for classes

  • New students will participate in an online Orientation; scheduling and adjusting schedules for the fall semester will occur through safe, one-on-one sessions

  • The Registrar’s office and advisors will work together to streamline add/drop requests during the first week of classes

Advising

  • While face-to-face meetings occasionally remain preferable, most advising will occur remotely via Google Meets whenever possible.

  • Students will be able to make appointments through Jasper Connect for regular advising through Google Meet or directly through email.

  • In-person advising will still occur when a student is unable to meet remotely or is in a crisis situation; walk-ins or students without appointments will be asked to schedule a meeting through Jasper Connect.

  • In-person meetings will be held in larger spaces (such as conference rooms), where students and advisers will be able to maintain social distancing while wearing PPE; hand sanitizer will be available by the entrance and hard surfaces will be cleaned regularly

  • For international students, virtual advising will continue in all areas related to immigration status (e.g., employment authorization, financial issues, Social Security numbers and school transfers).

  • Throughout the semester, advisers will engage in ongoing communications and additional outreach through emails, phone calls, text messages, social media and Moodle sites.

  • New students and faculty will meet face to face for orientation sessions, observing required social distancing and using appropriate PPE.  Faculty with special conditions may decide to attend in person or remotely
  • Students will now need to schedule appointments with peer counselors and peer career advisers (PCA) by phone or through CSM Handshake.
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  • Career Development has a large interview and presentation room where PCAs can meet with students while observing social distancing; meetings also may be held on Google Meet.

Advising Workshops

  • Specific workshops offered throughout the semester may be offered online.

  • Depending on guidelines at the time of reopening and throughout the semester, some workshops may be held in small groups, with more sessions being offered.

  • Whether they are online or remote, students will reserve a time for a workshop; multiple times will be available to accommodate students; and sessions will be recorded for easy student access.