Great Falls College fall semester will begin Aug. 17
Dr. Darryl Stevens teaches a history course during the first 8-week block of the spring semester in March. Great Falls College is starting its fall semester Aug. 17.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – In the interest of protecting the health of our students, faculty, staff and the community, Great Falls College MSU has made the decision to start fall classes Monday, Aug. 17, a week earlier than originally planned.
Applications and supporting documents for the first 8-week block of fall semester are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12.
The first 8-week block will wrap up Oct. 7, with a four-day break Oct. 8-11. The second 8-week block begins Oct. 12. Class instruction will conclude Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving, with online finals and final projects and assignments due by Dec. 4.
"We are appreciative of the hard work done by our campus employees to find the best solution possible for our entire community," said Dr. Susan J. Wolff, CEO/Dean of Great Falls College.
Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Clayton Christian encouraged each campus in the Montana University System to end fall term by Nov. 25 to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection associated with Thanksgiving break travel.
Great Falls College will continue to minimize risks while balancing the need to re-establish full academic functions for the benefit of students, faculty, staff and the community. The college is releasing the change in dates as soon as possible so students and employees can plan accordingly.
Starting a week earlier allows the college to complete fall instruction before the traditional influenza season hits and COVID-19 cases could see an uptick and before students, faculty and staff may begin to travel for the holidays.
"This schedule will allow us to keep our 8-Week Advantage, which has proven effective over the last couple years to increase student success," Wolff said. "And the 8-week advantage really demonstrated its effectiveness when we moved fully online for the second 8-week block this spring as students successfully completed their classes at the same rate as they traditionally do."
To summarize, the important dates for the 2020-21 Academic Calendar are as follows:
- Applications and supporting documents for the first 8-week block of fall semester are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12
- Monday, Aug. 17, 2020 - First day of classes for the fall semester
- Wednesday, October 7 - Last day of first 8-week block
- Monday, October 12 – First day of second 8-week block
- Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Last day of face-to-face instruction
- Monday, Nov. 30-Friday, Dec. 4 – Online finals, assignments and final projects due
The decisions were not made lightly and are based on public health guidelines and protocols to mitigate the risk of infection.
"We must keep the best long-term benefits for the largest number of people in our communities at the top of our minds," Wolff said.
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