Message From the Chancellor -- 10-21-2020
Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students,
As the weather cools and we look ahead to the second half of the Fall semester, it is a pleasure to share that the first half of the term has been successful. Despite the challenges the Blinn College community and all of higher education have faced in recent months, Blinn continues to provide high-quality education and career training while protecting the health and safety of its employees and students.
As we remain vigilant in the face of COVID-19, this early success would not have been possible without the commitment of our entire campus community. Through your support of our safety protocols, adherence to social distancing guidelines, and dedication to daily self-certification and wearing masks on campus, every member of our community has helped to make Blinn a safe space to work and study. On behalf of Blinn’s Board of Trustees, administration, and the communities we serve, I thank you for all you have done to make this possible.
This summer, we announced in our Back With Blinn plan that almost all Fall classes, with the exception of select Health Sciences and Technical and Community Education programs, will transition to online instruction following the Thanksgiving holiday, regardless of format. While campuses will remain open and academic resources such as libraries and computer labs will remain available to students, campus housing and food services will close. Student services such as academic advising, enrollment services, financial aid, and veterans services will continue to serve students and assist them in registering for the Winter Minimester and Spring Semester.
Please note that final exams will take place remotely, with the exception of select Health Sciences and Technical and Community Education programs and those students who have obtained accommodations through Disability Services.
Following the Thanksgiving holiday, Blinn employees will continue to work regular hours and campus facilities will be available to conduct online instruction and complete other duties. However, work-study students will not return after the holiday.
As we look ahead to the Spring semester, we plan to continue to utilize the health and safety precautions outlined in our Back With Blinn plan and to offer courses in the Live Online, Traditional With Live Online, Blended With Live Online, and Flexible Online formats. Employees will continue to utilize the alternative and staggered schedules that were instituted for the Fall semester.
Blinn’s academic calendar for the Spring semester remains the same and is available at www.blinn.edu/calendar. Spring Break will take place March 15th through March 21st, and classes will resume as scheduled on Monday, March 22nd. Of course, this continues to be a fluid and unprecedented situation, and all our plans remain subject to change in response to the pandemic.
Once again, thank you for taking steps each day to keep our campus communities safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your departmental leadership, vice chancellor, or me and we will be happy to assist you.
Mary Hensley, Ed.D.
Chancellor of the Blinn College District