WILLMAR — The majority of general education courses at Ridgewater College this spring will again be online or have remote delivery, while a minimal number of science and technical courses will include face-to-face labs and components to ensure hands-on application, experience and certification, according to a news release from the school.
“Ridgewater College is committed to providing the best educational experience possible, in the safest environment possible,” Ridgewater Vice President of Student Success Mike Kutzke said in the release. “We will continue to follow directives and guidelines from multiple outside stakeholders, including Minnesota Gov. Walz directives, Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Higher Education, local and state COVID-19 reports, regional medical facility capacity, the impact of local school district delivery decisions, etc.”
The possibility still exists that the college could need to adjust its delivery mode at the start of the semester in about two weeks or at any time during spring 2021, according to the release.
Adjustments could mean moving to a complete remote delivery model at some point if necessary.
“The decision to move forward with face-to-face components at the start of spring 2021 is grounded in the expectation that all employees reinforce the importance of and be diligent in daily self-screening and complete mask and social distancing compliance at all times in all face-to-face educational activities,” Kutzke said in the release.
Student life activities will also remain virtual, keeping the in-person priority strictly on the educational experience. Athletic activities have been canceled and fitness centers remain closed at this time, while library and technology services will continue to be available to students.
Spring semester begins Jan. 11.