Sheridan promises an uncompromised learning experience for students this Fall
Today, Sheridan unveiled further details of its plan for the 2020 Fall semester and reaffirmed its commitment to academic quality and student success as it pivots to ensure that students receive the education they’ve been promised, despite the evolving circumstances affecting post-secondary education and society at large.
“We’re committed to providing the quality education we’re known for this fall,” said Dr. Janet Morrison, Sheridan’s President and Vice Chancellor. “Understanding that many students and their families are unsure of what to expect this September, we will provide an option for new and continuing learners to experience our new delivery models firsthand. If they’re not satisfied, they can withdraw without academic penalty before October 9, and receive a full refund of their tuition and fees including their enrolment deposit.”
Sheridan programs this fall will be offered either in a hybrid model (blend of remote and in-person learning), or in a fully remote format, depending on the hands-on requirements of each program. “In mid-March, our faculty quickly mobilized to retool curriculum so that students could complete the winter semester in remote formats,” says Morrison. “That experience has carried forward into our planning for the fall. We’ve seen tremendous innovations by our faculty in the past few months, such as the creation of a virtual simulation lab in an engineering program. Our faculty are at the heart of our mission, and I’m inspired by their unwavering commitment to students and their success.”
Safety is a paramount consideration. Sheridan has enhanced its cleaning and disinfection protocols, and will be monitoring and regulating the on-campus presence of students and faculty, enforcing physical distancing, conducting health screening, and providing care kits to students and staff that include reusable masks. In addition, anyone coming on campus, including faculty and staff, will be required to complete a 15 minute on-line safety training module in advance.
Recognizing the financial strain that many students and their families are experiencing at this time, Sheridan has reduced deposit fees, introduced flexible tuition payment plans, and reduced the overall cost of enrolment by cutting ancillary and program fees that would typically support on-campus services that will not be available this fall, such as athletic facilities.
Students can expect a full suite of support services including personal counselling, academic and career advising, information technology, library resources, and tutoring – to name a few.
“We’ve all had to adapt to this new reality, but I would strongly discourage students from pressing pause on their education,” says Morrison. “We will gradually re-open and bring back the full on-campus experience, but in the meantime, you can pursue your goals backed by the full support and ingenuity of our dedicated faculty and staff.”
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