Campus Update from Provost Ross Alexander - March 20, 2020

Colleagues,

First and foremost, I hope this communication finds you and your families are safe and well. I have been very encouraged by the multitude of instances whereby we have all assisted one another during this difficult time. Second, I trust you have all seen the announcement detailing the University decision to remain in the remote/online instructional environment for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Simply, it was the logical and best decision to make for our students, faculty, staff, and campus. I appreciate the feedback you provided in the past few days that helped the University arrive at this decision, which was not taken lightly. I want to commend all of you for the steps and measures you have taken thus far to prepare for this continuation of remote/online instruction. This past week, I either personally witnessed or heard about many examples of faculty members spending hours-and-hours learning new technologies, making improvements to their courses, or placing content on Canvas for the very first time. In short, you have all been more than impressive. It is a testament to your dedication to your students and to UNA. I want to again applaud and thank Mr. McGee and his wonderful team in ETS for their efforts in helping the faculty and the campus make this large technological transition.

As we remain in the remote/online environment for the next several weeks until the conclusion of the Spring 2020 semester and perhaps longer, uncertainty remains. It will be vital that we support one another, adapt to serve our students, and emerge from this crisis stronger as a university community. In sum, we’ve got this! Thank you and Roar Lions!

Best,

Ross

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