State of Madison College Address
A message from Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III
July 14, 2020
Dear Madison College Community:
The last several months have been full of challenges and uncertainty as a result of COVID-19. One thing that remains certain: Our commitment to providing a high-quality, affordable education to our students that keeps the safety of our students, faculty and staff at the forefront of the learning experience. Our academic teams have been working to fine-tune innovative plans that will ensure maximum flexibility in alternate delivery options. Each course has a contingency plan should conditions change. In addition, our Student Services teams will continue to provide you the unwavering support you need to be successful to reach your academic goals.
A Safe, Quality Experience is our #1 Priority
There were many factors to consider for our fall course planning and safety is and will remain our top focus. Our plans are aligned and consistent with local orders and ordinances of the cities and counties we are located in, as well as the State of Wisconsin’s rules and regulations, and, in some cases, exceed those orders. While many of us want our campus return to be back to normal, it will look very different. New safety protocols have been implemented, and we need everyone in our community to commit to a shared responsibility to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
New On-campus Safety Protocols
New On-campus Safety Protocols Madison College will require everyone in our community to follow new safety protocols:
- A COVID health screener will be required daily for anyone entering any Madison College building.
- Cloth face coverings will be required on all campuses at all times, including classrooms and labs.
- Physical distancing guidelines must be followed.
- Students should report to campus only when they have class or pre-scheduled meetings to minimize the number of people on campus.
- Everyone entering our buildings may be asked to display their Madison College OneCard for identification.
- Everyone is asked to maintain good hygiene with frequent handwashing.
In addition, Madison College will follow stringent cleaning protocols in accordance with public health and Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations. For your convenience, we installed new signs throughout all buildings to help direct traffic patterns and social distancing. Plexiglass shields have been installed at service counters for added protection. More seating has been added outside of our buildings and seating within our buildings has been decreased to promote safe distancing.
Academic Offerings to Reach Your Goals
The faculty, academic leadership and our instructional design team have worked hard to offer an array of high quality, flexible, agile courses to meet student and industry needs. The Fall course schedule is designed for maximum flexibility, both to offer options for students and ensure the health and safety of all. The primary emphasis for all programs, credentials and courses is remote delivery options including online and online live. Fall revisions continue daily, but we anticipate approximately 70 percent of our courses to be offered in remote formats. For programs, credentials and courses that require some in-person instruction, the focus is on hybrid delivery (that is, a combination of online and in-person). Fully in-person classes will be extremely limited to targeted occupational programs. All classroom capacities have been adjusted to allow for safe physical distancing. Contingency plans will be in place for any in-person component to minimize disruption should conditions change and require a move to a fully remote environment. In-person instruction is scheduled to wrap up by Thanksgiving wherever possible, with the remainder of the semester completed online.
In cases where an in-person course or program component is required, but a student can’t attend (no matter the reason) advisors and faculty will work to find alternatives for the student’s Fall schedule. The credit/no-credit option will continue for the Fall term as it did for both this past Spring and Summer terms. The website shows the latest course offerings and formats.
We’re Here for You
Our Student Services teams remain committed to your educational success. We continue to be fully operational offering phone and virtual meeting appointments. Beginning Monday, August 3, we will offer limited in-person enrollment, testing and advising services. Pre-registration is required before coming to a campus. You can also continue to schedule appointments with advising, counseling, financial aid and career services virtually through our website or via phone. Visit our website to make your appointment.
Full Access to Technology
We understand that access to technology may be limited for some students. Students can borrow a laptop computer and wi-fi hot spot. These devices will be loaned to students for the semester, at no cost. Microsoft tools and antivirus software will be pre-loaded and training and assistance will be offered to help ensure success in this learning environment. Our faculty are sensitized and forthright in engaging students in modes of learning that many have had no experience in and our librarians are also available via chat, text, email and phone to assist with technology and remote learning needs.
Our Child and Family Center plans to re-open August 31 to provide childcare and 4K classes to our college student families with children ages 2-5. Our program will be operating with new health protocols and a reduced capacity.
Food and Cafeteria Services
Limited food options will be available at Truax and Goodman South Campus. Choices will include “grab and go” and specialty coffee. Vending machines will remain in operation at all campuses. Microwaves will be spaced to ensure healthy distancing.
We know that food insecurity is a real issue our students face every day. We will be re-opening all of our college food pantries for curbside pick-up. Students will be able to receive 10 pounds of food at each campus weekly. A request form will be required to pick up food due to new safety and social distancing protocols. The Truax campus will have food pick up on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning September 1. South will have food pick ups on Thursdays, beginning September 3. Our regional campus food pantry plans are forthcoming.
Our bookstore remains fully operational. Orders can continue to be placed online. We will have in-store and curbside pick up of books and materials available for students
The Goodman South Campus will continue to offer free legal advice to both students and our area neighbors at no charge. The free Legal Clinic is sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin and is staffed by several Madison-area organizations. All services will continue to be offered virtually and by appointment.
Athletics and Athletic Facilities
Madison College will not participate in any competitive athletic events during the fall semester. A determination regarding spring 2021 participation will be made later in 2020. Athletic facilities including the gymnasium, fitness center, and locker rooms will remain closed, except for use by Madison College athletes and Physical Education students in the fall term.
Many in-person college events and services have been moved virtually. Check our website for the latest updates. Madison College will not host any external events from community groups or other parties on campus.
Respect is the core of our campus community
Madison College is committed to providing a safe space for all students, employees and staff. Behavior that violates our values should be reported. If you experience or observe harassment or discrimination, Madison College’s Harassment and Discrimination policy contains information regarding how to report any unacceptable incidents.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility
Maintaining your health and the health of our campus requires commitment from our entire community. Everyone must follow our safety protocols. In addition, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please do not come to campus. Be sure to keep in close contact with your instructor to make alternative arrangements for coursework.
Your dreams are still within reach
We know pursuing your academic goals in these times of great uncertainty can be overwhelming. I can ensure you personally that Madison College remains here for you. Your dreams are still within reach.
We will continue to keep you updated as we have new developments. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
Jack E. Daniels, III PhD