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Winter Term—January 2021

A reminder that registration is open now for our new Winter Term, which will meet between the fall and spring semesters from January 4-24, 2021.  This is an optional term and all courses are offered 100% online.

As you plan for the spring semester, please be sure to consider winter offerings and discuss this option with your advisor. The Winter Term provides a great opportunity to catch up with or get ahead of degree requirements. Courses cover several General Education/Constellation and major requirements.  

Registration is open now on a first-come, first-served basis via AccessLVC! Students may only take one course during the Winter Term. Undergraduate tuition is $485/credit and some financial aid can be combined with the spring semester.

Please visit the Winter 2021 website for additional details.

Winter 2021 Undergraduate Course Offerings
JANUARY 4-24, 2021
COURSETITLEGECRMTG INFOINSTRUCTOR
BUS 130Modern Business Organizations3ONLINEK. Josephson
ECN 102Principles of MacroeconomicsQR3ONLINEK. Hoy
ENG 120Introduction to LiteratureCTW3ONLINEL. Eldred
HIS 251African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
LAW 150Introduction to Law and JusticeIC3ONLINEP. Benesch &N. Hubler
POL 290African Politics and HistoryIC3ONLINEJ. Ogene
PSY 110General Psychology 3ONLINER. Albert
SOC 110Introduction to SociologyIC3ONLINET. Sakellarides
SPA 101Elementary Spanish Level ILAC3ONLINEG. McEvoy

Students may also take internships and independent studies during the winter term.  If you are interested in pursuing one of these options, please discuss it with your advisor and the appropriate faculty instructor/supervisor to determine whether it can be accomplished during this period.  Registration for these courses can be completed by filling out the corresponding PDF formand submitting it to registrar@lvc.edu.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

Campus Office Hours: Fall 2020 Semester

Please note some office hours will change/adjust beginning Nov. 6 due to students returning to virtual learning. Please call ahead to verify hours before visiting an office or facility.

Accessibility Resources—appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Please drop by, call 717-867-6028 or ext. 6028, or email hannafor@lvc.edu or shutter@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. For students not registered: Visit here for the online registration form.

Admissions—Admissions is open for walk-in appointments Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 717-867-6181 or email admission@lvc.edu to schedule an appointment.

Audiovisual Technology—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6200 or ext. 6200, or email avtech@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Bishop Library—please visit here for a list of hours, reserve a study room, and information about all library services. Questions? Email library@lvc.edu. If you currently have Bishop Library materials checked out (books, DVDs, CDs, technology) and do NOT need them for academic reasons, please return them before leaving campus. All items, except technology, can be returned in the book drop at the library’s main entrance.

Breen Center—please visit Handshake, call 717-867-6560, or stop by the office to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Questions? Email breencenter@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6560 or ext. 6560.

Business Office, Humanities 110: Student Accounts—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6300 or ext. 6300, or email cashier@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. Payments and deposits can be placed in the Business Office drop box, located to the left of the Humanities 110 entrance, as indicated by the signage.

Business Office, Humanities 004: Accounts Payable and Accounting—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Accounts Payable, please call 717-867-6327 or ext. 6327, or email accountspayable@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. Payment requests can be placed in the Business Office drop box, located to the right of the Humanities 004 entrance, as indicated by the signage.

Business Office, Humanities 002: Payroll—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6317 or ext. 6317, or email struzins@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. New student employee setup, and payroll processing for students, faculty, and staff.

Center for Academic Success—appointments preferred, but walk-ins available. Please drop by, email findyoursuccess@lvc.edu, or email a staff member for additional information. Visit our website to request an appointment for academic coaching, to meet with a peer, writing, or organizational, tutor, and to view the Study Pod schedule.

Center for Student Engagement—The CSE is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Students can check-in at the College Center Information Desk or call 717-867-6233 (ext. 6233) with questions or to schedule appointments. Staff who conduct in-person appointments will greet you at the suite entrance at the time of your appointment. Administrative offices in the CSE: Intercultural Affairs & Inclusive Programs, Residential Life, Student Affairs, and Student Engagement.

Copy Center—The Copy Center is open for department access only with a limit of two people in the center at a time. Hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call 717-867-6331 or ext. 6331, or email ristenba@lvc.edu if you have any questions.

Counseling Services—Monday-Friday drop-in hours are 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday-Friday virtual hours are 12–1 p.m. (no appointments needed for the drop-in or virtual hours). Visit our pages for links to our professional counselors and 5050 Peer Helpers’ office hours. Students can schedule free and confidential appointments at 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232, or counselingservices@lvc.edu. Call 911 in an emergency.

Facilities Services—appointments preferred. Please call 717-867-6340 or ext. 6340, or email fac-mgmt@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6126 or ext. 6126, or email finaid@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. 

Global Education—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please email Jill Russell at russell@lvc.edu to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment.  

Health Services (Shroyer)—students who are symptom-free can see a registered nurse Monday-Friday 8.a.m. to 8 p.m. for evaluation and triage. Please call 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232, or email healthservices@lvc.edu if you have questions or have symptoms. Contact your resident assistant (RA), area coordinator (AC), our public safety (ext. 6111) after hours. Call 911 for medical emergencies.

Human Resources—appointments are preferred. Please contact Rachel Brunner for Benefits and HRIS questions (717-867-6414 or brunner@lvc.edu), Melissa Sherwood for COVID Contact Tracing and general HR issues (717-867-6415 or sherwood@lvc.edu), or Ann Hayes for HR-related issues (717-867-6416 or hayes@lvc.edu). 

Information Technology—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6072 or ext. 6072, text 717-685-5820, or email solutions@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment.

 LVC Sports Center—closed for walks-in; by SignUp Genius only. Visit here to sign up for fitness classes, main pool slots, and fitness center (main and secondary) access. All students must reserve a spot using the SignUp Genius links. Spaces are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, and you can reserve up to two days in advance.

Mailroom/Student Package Delivery—The mailroom in Humanities is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for outgoing mail only. Student mail will be delivered to each residence hall if addressed properly to the student. Please see your RA for mail delivery. Student mail not appropriately addressed and student package pick-up will occur in the Mund College Center, Tweedie Room. Hours of pick-up are Monday-Friday, 9–11 a.m., and 2–4 p.m. Please call 717-867-6331 or ext. 6331, or email ristenba@lvc.edu if you have questions.

Public Safety—an officer is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Visit the Public Safety Office or call 717-867-6111 or ext. 6111, or email public-safety@lvc.edu for assistance. Call 911 in an emergency. 

The Registrar’s Office is open for in-person support, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To minimize traffic and contact among individuals, we encourage community members to contact us phone (717-867-6215 or ext. 6215) or email (registrar@lvc.edu). All our forms can be found online and can be submitted either online or by email. 

Solutions Center (IT)—closed for walk-ins; by appointment only. Please call 717-867-6272 or ext. 6072, text 717-685-5820, or email solutions@lvc.edu for assistance or to schedule an appointment. 

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes

LVC’s digital symptom tracker (myLVC) informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Students with symptoms should call Shroyer Health Center; the digital tracker adds another layer of data for monitoring. Health center staff will review the results for red X’s and contact students of concern.

Faculty members must confirm that every student in the classroom has a green checkmark for the day for two very important reasons: 1) so that students can less easily skip reporting for a day and b) so that a potentially symptomatic student is not in the classroom.

  • Students should complete the symptom tracker once a day. The tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m.
  • Students must show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance taking, before students enter a room if physical distancing is possible outside of the room, or in a way that suits the classroom setup and class size and format.

The expectation is for all students to complete the symptom tracker before arriving in class. If a student has not completed the symptom tracker that day, they may complete it before the start of class.

What should students living off-campus do if they need computers, printers, or wi-fi access?

Sophomores and juniors who can commute to campus before Sept. 14 may use the College’s computers, printers, and wi-fi. Students who cannot commute to campus and need technology resources at home should contact the LVC Office of Information Technology at solutions@lvc.edu, 717-867-6072 (phone), or 717-685-5820 (text).

Will students be able to get career support online?

Yes. The Breen Center for Graduate Success will offer online options include virtual appointment platforms, information sessions, workshops, job fairs, and networking events. For students on campus, the Breen Center has been reconfigured to support physical distancing.

Please visit Handshake, call 717-867-6560, or stop by the office to schedule a virtual or in-person appointment. Questions? Email breencenter@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6560 or ext. 6560.

How will students be supported academically in online learning?

The Center for Academic Success provides academic coaching, writing guidance, and tutoring services for all LVC students taking classes in person or online. Students can schedule an appointment with an academic coach to work on time management or organization skills, request a tutor, or sign up for a study pod for help in a specific class or request a writing tutor to get help with a paper. All tutors can meet students in a Zoom room for study pods or tutoring and can make virtual appointments with their academic coach. The Center for Academic Success and the Breen Center for Graduate Success will also hold a workshop series to help students connect the dots between skills that lead to success in the classroom and the workplace. These workshops will be recorded so that students can reference them whenever needed. | Learn more about LVC’s academic services.

How can students prepare for online learning?

The LVC Center for Academic Success has provided the following advice for online learning:

  • Create and stick to a daily routine.
  • Make a list of what you have to do and create a schedule for when you will get your work done.
  • Maintain motivation by breaking your work into a series of smaller tasks so you can cross things off your list and establish a feeling of accomplishment.
  • Eliminate distractions.
  • Create a space that is unique to you and conducive to learning that is equipped with the technology, supplies, and books you need.
  • Communicate effectively and frequently with professors and anyone else on campus with whom you are working. Communicating needs to be more intentional in an online environment.
  • Make sure you check your email at least twice a day and be your own advocate. If you are having difficulty or are confused about an assignment, ask for help. Reach out to your professor or make an appointment to see someone in the Center for Academic Success.
  • Reach out to the IT Solutions Center if you are having trouble with technology—solutions@lvc.edu.
  • Take care of yourself. Your mental health is just as important as your physical and intellectual health (and often tightly linked together). Incorporate the “fun stuff” into your day. Set up a rewards system. For example, read and take notes for 45-60 minutes, then pause and do something enjoyable (walking the dog, watching one episode of your favorite TV show, etc). 
  • Above all, make sure you are eating well and getting enough sleep.

What is asynchronous vs. synchronous learning?

Asynchronous learning means that students can engage with course material on their own time (while adhering to deadlines). In contrast, synchronous learning means that all students participate in a learning experience at the same time. For example, a recorded lecture that students can watch at any time in the days leading up to a group activity is asynchronous course content, and a live lecture that can only be watched in real-time is synchronous course content.

What does online learning mean?

Fully online learning means professors and students interact solely through digital platforms including Canvas, Zoom, and other software, as well as recordings, texting, and telephone. The format will vary according to the subject matter. The LVC faculty have carefully planned courses to be highly engaging and personalized and ensure students achieve course learning objectives whether the material is delivered in-person, online, or in some combination thereof (hybrid).

Clinicals and Student Teaching

Students participating in clinical education or student teaching experiences must follow LVC, academic department, and clinical/educational site guidelines. Students will only be allowed to participate after they receive proper permission, training, and initial guidance (either by written or video instruction) before starting their experience. Training will include general considerations for using appropriate PPE at the site. If students change locations mid-term or participate at multiple sites, they will be required to meet the guidelines and protocols of each site.

Laboratories and Research

Teaching labs, research labs, stockrooms, and instrument labs will be adjusted to promote physical distancing when labs are in use. The maximum capacity for each space will be marked at the lab entrance. The College will adopt the following strategies regarding these spaces:

  • Students will receive initial guidance (either by written or video instruction), before entering these spaces. Training will include general considerations for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) before entering the space and best practices for working there.
  • Only approved students who receive proper training and permission will be permitted in these spaces.
  • In a research laboratory, students will be assigned a primary workspace where they should conduct as much of their work as possible.
  • After receiving guidance and permission to work in these spaces, students who wish to enter a research lab space will first notify their research mentor or department chair.
  • Lab equipment, moveable benches, and chairs will be configured to support physical distancing.
  • If labs support multiple students, schedules will be established to minimize the number of people present in the lab at one time. Students are prohibited from using the labs outside their scheduled times and from exceeding the posted room occupancy.
  • Students must always wear appropriate PPE in labs.
  • Each person using lab instruments, supplies, reagent bottles, or any other lab equipment is required to wipe down those items with a sanitizing cleaner before and after use.
  • Students will be educated to avoid cross-contamination and will wipe down all common surfaces such as door handles, bench surfaces, and hood sashes.
  • If students are using multiple spaces during one lab session (i.e. research lab and instrument room or stockroom), they must notify their research mentor and department chair to avoid conflicts with other users.
  • Teaching labs, research labs, stockrooms, and instrument labs will remain locked when not in use.

In the event of a chemical spill or other emergency, students must leave the lab immediately and notify their research mentor or department chair.

Music Instruction

Ensembles, which include choir and marching band, will be adjusted to meet COVID-19 related modifications in accordance with guidance from the CDC, PDE, PDH, and healthcare partners. Musical performances will be made public online. Private music lessons will be held in-person and online when appropriate. Masking, physical distancing, sanitizing, and cleaning protocols will be in place.

The College is seeking further guidance on performance and music-related protocols.

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar

The Spring 2021 calendar has also been modified and will start one week later, on Jan. 26, with a single break March 31–April 6. The last day of classes is May 11, and Commencement will be Sunday, May 23, 2021.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

Fall 2020 Academic Calendar

The fall academic calendar has been adjusted to limit the times large numbers of students travel to and from campus to decrease the risk of exposure and infection. The semester will start one week early, with undergraduate and graduate classes beginning Monday, Aug. 24. There will be no Fall Break. On-campus learning will end by Thanksgiving break and instruction will continue online through Dec. 4. Finals are Dec. 7–11. With approval, some students may remain on campus after Thanksgiving for clinicals, student teaching, or athletics.

See the full 2020–21 Academic Calendar.

Important Update—Fall 2020 Return to Campus

Dear Campus Community,

I hope this update finds you and your family safe and well. I write to share some key updates on Lebanon Valley College’s planning for an in-person, on-time start to the Fall 2020 semester. I am closely coordinating with President-elect James MacLaren, the president’s staff, the Critical Incident and Emergency Management Team, and several Provost-led faculty task forces to develop a playbook to guide our efforts.

I’ve noted in the past that the successful and rapid pivot this spring demonstrated LVC at its best. The same is true of the planning underway. Administrators and faculty are working very hard researching, developing, and crystalizing complex plans that have many intertwined consequences that must be thought through.

We are basing our plans on a defined set of guiding principles and gating conditions placing the well-being of our campus community as the highest priority and emphasizing academic quality, equity, financial sustainability, and compliance with federal and state guidelines. We are closely following guidance from the PA Department of Education to build the playbook.

Fall Calendar and Academic Experience
The academic calendar will be adjusted to limit the number of times large numbers of students travel to and from campus. The semester will start one week early, with undergraduate and graduate classes beginning Monday, Aug. 24. There will be no Fall Break. On-campus learning will end by Thanksgiving break and instruction will continue online through Dec. 4. Finals are Dec. 7–11. Class times, locations, and schedules will be adjusted to allow for physical distancing. These changes will be communicated when finalized. We plan to accommodate students who may need to remain on campus after Thanksgiving for clinicals or athletics.

All classes will be delivered in-person and online at the same time to accommodate students with underlying conditions or those who become ill. Faculty are developing online learning components so they can give students support and attention. Clear course outcomes will be articulated, and support services will be emphasized perhaps now more than ever. Additionally, faculty will use Canvas and other LVC-supported technology whenever possible to streamline electronic course delivery.

Residential Life
We will decrease the density in our residential facilities for the fall. Currently, we plan on double occupancy with strict hygiene and physical distancing practices in place. The College has temporarily extended the Housing Exemption process to allow current residential students the opportunity to live off-campus in the local community and expanded the commuting radius to allow current residential students who live beyond 30 miles of campus the opportunity to commute for the 2020–21 academic year. A staggered move-in and modified orientation schedule will be developed. Plans for these will be communicated soon.

Health Protocols
The College is identifying a healthcare partner or partners who can advise and assist us with temperature-taking, testing, tracing, and managing suspected or confirmed cases should they occur on campus. More information will be shared when the partnership has been finalized. Protocols for dining, masking, physical distancing, and pedestrian flow are being developed, and there will be an educational campaign to promote these habits and hygiene practices. Learning spaces will be reconfigured so that desks and podiums can be organized to support physical distancing. Facility services already uses the proper cleaning products to disinfect spaces and is acquiring hand sanitizer stations to place throughout campus. We are bringing employees back to campus to prepare for the return of students through a phased process guided by new pandemic and employee policies that employees can find in ADP.

If there are any positive COVID-19 cases in the campus community, an alert will be issued to employees and students via email and text through the College’s emergency alert system (Omnilert) and posted to the LVC website and social media. Even in instances when the risk is low, we want to ensure all members of our community have the information they need to make decisions about their well-being.

Future Communications
Virtual town halls will be held throughout the summer for returning and new students, faculty, staff, trustees, leadership council members, and prospective students to hear directly from campus leadership and have their questions answered.

Additionally, faculty, staff, students, families, and trustees will regularly receive an LVC Forward e-newsletter with information about the latest decisions and developments. All updates and alerts will be posted to a new LVC Forward blog on the LVC website as well. This searchable space will serve as a hub for all information related to our return to campus and strategic initiatives that unfold as part of the process.

The College will continue to adapt and add detail to the plans as we receive additional guidance from the federal government, the PA Department of Health and Department of Education, the NCAA and MAC Conference, and any healthcare partners. The remaining unknowns and uncertainties require us all to remain flexible and agile so that we can quickly adjust to new circumstances as needed.

My tenure at the College concludes at the end of this month. Dorry and I are so grateful to have been a part of this community, which delivers one of the finest educational experiences in the nation. You can be confident that LVC is welcoming a leader who has proven experience in managing a crisis. Dr. MacLaren was instrumental in Tulane University’s recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Gina, will arrive in Annville very soon. With his leadership and the enduring dedication and resilience of all, LVC will emerge from this global crisis stronger than ever.

Warmly, 
President Thayne 

Faculty Principles for a Successful Fall

Our college’s educational mission and the importance of supporting our students are the foundations for our academic approach to this upcoming semester. The COVID academic response faculty task force has developed these guidelines to help all of us as faculty guide our planning for what will be an unusual fall for everyone. We value the experience of meeting with our students face to face, and we hope to preserve that experience as much as possible, while also respecting scientific developments and individual health concerns.

Here are some principles for a successful fall: 

1) A Confident & Flexible Mindset: This fall, we will need to cater to various student audiences, including students who may become ill, may need to self-quarantine, or who may be immunocompromised and therefore unable to attend any in-person classes. This means that all classes must be able to be delivered both in-person and online at the same time. We need to have online learning components as developed and polished as possible before the semester begins. Building out our courses’ Canvas structure and content over the summer will minimize the stress produced by these potential fall events, and will better enable us to give our all of our students the support and attention they will need from day one. The online course development institute will help us all plan for how to create clear and compelling course content to address the diverse needs of our students.

2)  Clear Course Outcomes: What can students expect to learn from our classes? Why does this course matter? Student motivation is critical in these uncertain times, so we need to be clear about what students will get from their time with us regardless of modality. This means putting all of our course objectives front and center so that students understand what they’re learning and why it matters. This clarity in outcomes is good for students, because it increases motivation, and also good for us as instructors because it encourages us to be intentional in framing our in-person and online components to lead back to course objectives and student learning, which is the heart of our mission.  

3) Authentic LVC: Faculty Mentoring & More: Students come to us for a personalized, engaged, supportive education. Our students benefit from classes that create a community of learners, active learning strategies, one-on-one contact with professors, frequent interaction with other students, and access to the many supports for learning that we provide, like counseling, tutoring, library resources, and accessibility services. An LVC education delivered in any modality retains all of these strengths. We, as faculty, will need to be thoughtful and intentional in how we make sure that the LVC promise is fulfilled for all students, even in unprecedented circumstances.  The Online Course Development Institute will help all of us to develop courses that create these connections online.

4) Relational Education: Personalized attention is a hallmark of an LVC education. There are ways to create such relationships in different modalities. Just a few ideas to consider include: require office hour attendance or set up one-on-one appointments in the first two weeks to get to know your students individually; incentivize office hour attendance in the participation grade or extra credit; in online components, include some synchronous discussions with clear expectations for participation and engagement; create small group projects or activities that encourage students to connect with you and with each other. The Online Course Development Institute will help us create courses that foster these important connections. 

5) Support for Student Success: Many students are experiencing a great deal of stress due to the current situation, driven by various factors like economic anxiety, career prospects, family obligations and fears, and general uncertainty. Consider how you can support student success in your classes through practices like 1) including early, low-stakes assignments that allow students to gauge expectations and change behaviors early in the course, 2) minimizing dependence on high-stakes assignments, 3) incentivizing or integrating campus support services like study pods, 4) scaffolding large assignments to help students manage their time and produce better final products, and 5) monitoring student attendance and performance, and sending a CARE referral when concerns arise. 

6)  Streamlining the e-Delivery of Learning Materials: To whatever degree possible, use Canvas and LVC-supported supplemental technology. This will reduce the learning curve for students. Students are enrolled in 4-5 fall courses; if every course is using different styles of communication, organization, and varied technological tools, then students have to spend extra time learning and adjusting to each course’s particularities when that time could have been spent on the course’s content and skills. The online learning task force is working to provide guidance in this area so that we are able to honor academic freedom/disciplinary choices while being student-centered.

Know that the two faculty COVID response task forces (academic response & online learning) are working to enable successful fall for all the members of our LVC community. We will be in frequent communication, and you may also reach out to our faculty liaisons:

Academic Response TF liaison: Laura Eldred, eldred@lvc.edu
Online Learning/Digital Divide TF liaison: TBD

Our best wishes for a safe and successful year,

The members of the COVID academic response faculty task force:
Patrick Brewer
Monica Cowart (Chair)
Deanna Dodson
Tom Dompier
Laura Eldred
Jen Kanupka
Courtney Lappas
Joerg Meindl
Renee Norris
Wally Patton
Jeff Robbins

Planning for the Academic Experience

Provost Cowart has convened four task forces to focus on planning for stabilization in the fall semester and transformation and innovation in the short- and long-term.

1. COVID-19 Academic Response Task Force (Stabilization Phase)

Committee Members: Patrick Brewer, Deanna Dodson, Tom Dompier, Laura Eldred, Jennifer Kanupka, Courtney Lappas, Joerg Meindl, Renee Norris, Wally Patton, Jeff Robbins

This group will focus on using Governor Wolf’s guidelines for PA colleges and universities, recommendations from accrediting bodies, and recommendations from other key organizations, such as the CDC, to help guide the formation of an academic plan for next year. The task force will create COVID-specific protocols and recommendations to guide faculty in delivering a student-centered learning experience that assumes an in-person fall start.

Sample Questions:

  • What are the major challenges departments have identified regarding the fall semester?
  • What academic guidelines, policies or protocols do we need to augment or create?
  • What lessons have we learned from going online this spring that will inform our strategy for fall?
  • How do we best prioritize classes for in-person teaching if we have a hybrid curriculum?
  • How do we ensure that our plans are truly student-centered (i.e., focused on student needs and best interests)?
  • What guidance will we provide for the possibility of multiple “pivots” so that high quality learning outcomes are preserved?
  • How do we prioritize academic rigor while still meeting student needs?


2. Online Learning & Digital Strength Task Force (Stabilization Phase)

Committee Members: Maureen Bentz, Jasmine Bucher, Ivette Guzman Zavala, Jennifer Kuntz, Dave Shapiro, Susan Tammaro, Lori Thomas, Keith Veenhuizen, Holly Wendt

This group is examining how LVC’s online policies and pedagogical choices can address current challenges while further affirming our institutional commitment to inclusive excellence and student success. It is determining what policies, practices, and professional development opportunities are needed to help faculty members create first-rate online learning opportunities for our students. The team is also examining how LVC can address student needs, especially for those students who lack adequate resources or need help obtaining hardware, Internet, etc.


3. Task Force on College-wide Innovation (Transformation & Innovation Phase)

Committee Members: Eva Frank, Claudia Gazsi, Stacy Goodman, John Hinshaw, Kimberlee Josephson, Jeff Leferriere, Robert Machado, Lou Manza, Tonya Miller, Justin Morell

This task force is focusing on the ways in which LVC must continue to grow, innovate, and transform, especially given current conditions, to thrive in the coming years.

Sample Questions:

  • What unexpected opportunities are emerging as a result of the pandemic and the current state of higher education? How can LVC leverage those opportunities in a mission-driven, strategic manner?
  • What new academic programs need to be developed to meet current and emerging regional needs?
  • What potential non-credit bearing opportunities are there for revenue generation?
  • Could part of the undergraduate curriculum include hybrid and online classes for residential undergraduates? if so what should the target be?
  • How could summer be used more effectively to accelerate degree completion more quickly?
  • What “innovation-opportunities” exist outside of program development?
  • What is the role of community partnerships in our overall strategy? What relationships are in place and what key relationships with community leaders need to be developed/cultivated?
  • How do we innovate and transform while staying true to LVC’s core identity and traditions?
  • What approval process can be created to “test” or “pilot” promising ideas?


4. Task Force on Non-Credit Bearing Opportunities (Transformation & Innovation Phase)

Committee Members: Philip Bensech, Kristen Boeshore, Andrew Hildebrand, Joel Kline, Gabriella McEvoy, Justin Mierzwicki, Cindy Vejar, Ken Yarnall

This task force is focusing on the ways in which LVC can continue to grow, innovate, and transform to thrive in the coming years. Specifically, this task force will examine a variety of non-credit bearing opportunities (i.e., bootcamps, certificates, trainings, seminars, CEU opportunities, licensure test prep, etc.) and determine how these opportunities can be part of LVC’s strategy for success.

Sample Questions:

  • What unexpected opportunities are emerging as a result of the pandemic, the current state of higher education, and industry needs in our area? How can LVC leverage those opportunities in a mission-driven, strategic manner?
  • What potential non-credit bearing opportunities are a good institutional fit while also generating revenue? Which opportunities can be developed and launched quickly? Which ones require a long term strategy?
  • How could summer be used more effectively to leverage these opportunities?
  • What is the role of community partnerships in our overall strategy? What relationships are already in place and what key relationships with community leaders need to be developed/cultivated? What are our partners saying they need regarding employee professional development, etc.?
  • What do community members or current students state that they need regarding non-credit bearing opportunities? How can we address these needs?
  • How can LVC’s non-credit bearing strategy be nimble yet coordinated?
  • How do we innovate and transform while staying true to LVC’s core identity and traditions?