State of Madison College Address
A message from Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
August 27, 2020
Madison College welcomes you
There is no denying that the year 2020 will go down as one of the most challenging in our nation’s history. However, amid the strain and uncertainty, I have seen the Madison College community—students, faculty, staff and supporters alike—band together to provide stability and hope. It is in this spirit of positivity that I write you today to say thank you.
Thank you for choosing Madison College. Wherever you are in your educational journey, we recognize that making the decision to study at Madison College was a complex one. On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I welcome you. May this fall mark a new beginning in which we continue to keep our eyes to the future and treat each other with kindness and respect.
Your safety. Our priority.
Your health and safety will always come first at Madison College. This is why most fall classes will be held remotely. For those of you with in-person classes, please follow the campus safety guidelines we have in place:
- Wear a washable cloth face covering at all times
- Stay at least 6 to 8 feet away from others
- Complete the COVID screener before every trip to campus
- Pay attention to signage and floor decals
- Report any positive COVID-19 test results immediately
- Practice good hygiene: frequently wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
We continue to follow stringent cleaning protocols in accordance with public health and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. Plexiglass shields have been installed at service counters for added protection. More seating has been added outside of our buildings for your use and seating within our buildings has been decreased to promote safe distancing.
As you embark on your fall semester, lean on campus resources that are available to you. Your instructors have already worked hard to create engaging classes regardless of format. Our formats this year are online (attend at your own pace), online live and hybrid, with complete face-to-face classes only offered for topics where it is absolutely necessary.
Lean on your instructors for help. Ask questions. Your faculty understand that remote learning may be brand new to you. Remember that many of them have taught online classes for roughly 20 years, so they have experience with the challenges of online classes. Also, faculty members who are new to remote teaching received training this summer to ensure they are prepared to foster a positive remote learning environment. Your instructors will allow maximum flexibility if you cannot make it to campus, or if you are juggling work, family and school. If you’re facing a challenge, reach out and ask for help.
If you encounter non-academic challenges, seek out the support you need. We are here for you with student services in counseling, academic advising, disability resource services, tutoring and much more. If you have financial concerns, we can help. Our financial aid experts can help you with emergency funding and financial aid.
Open access to college laptops and wi-fi
If you are without your own laptop or internet connection, let us help. Madison College will provide any student with documented need a college laptop and a wi-fi hotspot for the semester. We also can help you access the internet through added wi-fi access in any Madison College parking lot. We have also joined Eduroam which provides students open wi-fi access at many locations across the counties of our college district.
We can also help you with technology training to help you prepare for remote learning. We have many classes available along with personal one-to-one support through our student help desk.
Built on equity and inclusion
Making you feel welcome in our physical and online facilities is part of our mission. Every student, faculty and staff member deserves to learn and teach in a safe space. This is a campus community built on a core of respect. Behavior that violates our core values should be reported.
Madison College has launched a college-wide initiative designed to fight racism. We challenge every member of our community to reflect upon and acknowledge their own bias. Racism will simply not be tolerated. Learn more about our commitment to equity and inclusion.
Follow our helpful checklist
We know that you have a lot on your mind returning to classes this fall. We developed this easy checklist to help you every step of the way.
Always here for you
In closing, I thank you again for being a part of the Madison College community. The trust you place in us is humbling and valued. Your well-being is as important to us as the education you receive.
Have a safe, healthy and successful fall semester.
Jack E. Daniels, III PhD