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ACC Announces Plan for Fall Courses

Alvin Community College recently released a revised schedule of courses for the 2020 Fall semester to increase the safety of students and faculty in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The schedule provides four flexible learning choices for students through  a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.

“We know that our students have been anxious about the upcoming semester,” ACC President Dr. Christal M. Albrecht said. “The most important thing to us as educators is the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff members. After several weeks of working with administrators and making adjustments we have developed a schedule that keeps everyone safe while meeting our students’ needs.”

Registration for the Fall is now open and will close on August 17. Classes begin on August 24. The registration and payment deadlines will not be changed.

The four learning choices include:

o Face-to-Face - instruction will be on campus or at an off-site location on the days/times listed in the class schedule. Courses or programs require students and faculty to be physically present for classes due to instructional or licensure requirements.

o Hybrid - the majority of class instruction will be online with limited face-to-face instruction for hands-on skills and competency testing. Students come to campus in small groups on days/times listed in class schedule or as scheduled by faculty.

o Remote - instruction will be online with lectures and virtual instruction occurring on specific days/times as listed in the course schedule. Students have flexibility to be off campus while still experiencing live and/or recorded lectures, labs, and class interactions in a virtual setting.

o Online - instruction will be the traditional online delivery with classes being taken at any time with virtual student/faculty interactions. Online courses provide greatest flexibility for students who have variable schedules due to work or personal commitments.

The decisions about the course adjustments were decided after surveys among student and faculty showing that a majority preferred on-line learning in some format.

All Dual Enrollment courses at local high schools will be conducted as remote learning.

Students who have already registered for Fall will see their schedules automatically updated with the class format changes. Students whose courses were changed from face to face to another learning option will not be subject to the online course fee.

Student services on campus including testing, admissions and advising services will continue to offer services virtually and limited face to face assistance on campus.

The Admissions area will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through August 6. Beginning August 10, Admissions will be open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All students will be required to complete the COVID Training and daily health check.  All facilities will allow appropriate social distancing while still managing a large volume of campus visitors.

For more details about the plan for Fall, please call 281-756-3500.