Highline is ready to welcome some students back on campus this fall, but things will look much different than they did before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
A recent announcement from the office of Highline’s President Dr. John Mosby said, “When fall quarter begins, we can expect approximately 25 percent of classes to have some form of on-campus component. Currently, 67 courses will be offered in-person across a wide variety of subject areas.”
Starting Fall Quarter 2021, Highline will see the partial return of students to in-person classrooms.
A plan to slowly re-integrate students, staff and faculty is in effect.
With vaccinations continuing to pump out and cases drop, classroom capacities will be decided as the return plan unfolds, said Danielle Slota, director for the office of the college president.
Highline could see a partial return to live classes in the fall, college officials said this week, but it will depend on what people are comfortable with.
The college will spend the next few months asking students, faculty, and staff what they want to see for Fall Quarter, including a student survey to be conducted March 15-26.
While there is some hope for in-person classes in Fall Quarter, nothing is certain, Highline officials say.
And remote learning is still the basis of all current planning.
Highline has been largely remote since the end of Winter Quarter last year, due to the spread of COVID-19.
Welcome to the new academic year, Thunderbirds. I am delighted that you have chosen to begin or continue your education here at Highline during these most interesting of times.
Highline’s fall sports teams may be back in action as early as Jan. 2, 2021, NWAC officials say.
The Northwest Athletic Conference, of which Highline is a part, has pushed all sports ahead to winter and spring as they attempt to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In August, Highline’s enrollment numbers looked bad – hundreds of classes were under-enrolled. Low enrollment threatens the college’s state funding, since all the state’s colleges are expected to reach enrollment targets.
But as Fall Quarter drew near, the numbers recovered, due to a couple of factors, one Highline official said.