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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?