Recast | Spring Week 5 Resources and Reminder

From: Academic Deans <>
Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 9:28 AM

Spring 2021, Week 5   

Resources and Reminders 

Spring Greetings, All! 

Unbelievably, it is already lilac season! We hope your spring quarter is going well. Please read the notice below, and keep on hand for a ready reference.  

Summer Institutes: Thanks to all of you who submitted amazing proposals for 2021 Summer Institutes!   This summer’s program offers opportunities to build community, improve our practice, and engage in meaningful conversations about student success. This year, the Commons is sponsoring a new conference-style institute, Designing Learning Experiences that Matter, that merges the principles of intentional and universal design approaches to program and course planning with a variety optional workshops. The institute will be offered twice this summer, June 14-18 and Aug 2-6. Registration for summer institutes is open until May 15.  


Week 5 check in and support: Please refresh yourself on some of our mid-quarter pointers from April 2020—still relevant and hopefully helpful! 

Student Assessment: While we are still in this remote environment, we encourage you to continue to extend flexibility to assist students in earning as many credits as possible. Please remember that a student who earns less than 12 of their registered credits can face serious financial aid consequences, because less than 12 credits put them at “half-time” status and they may need to return substantial financial aid. Students earning less than ¾ of any attempted credits can move into Academic Warning (after two such quarters) or Required Leave of Absence (after three such quarters). If a student gets ill, please advise them carefully about options to earn the most credits possible, including provisions for make-up work. Inform students about the campus leave of absence option. 

Basic Needs Center: Please let students know they can make an appointment to access the Basic Needs Center. It is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, 3pm-6pm, for 15-minute drop ins. It is located on the first floor of the CAB (former space for the bike shop). Items currently available in limited quantities includes: PPE, food pantry type staples, clothes, hygiene items, and books. If you have questions, please contact Ellen Short Sanchez or Jeannette Smith.   

The HAPPieR Holistic Advising: Policy & Practices Review work group, which is part of New Academic Directions, has not had opportunity to come before the faculty meeting due to many other pressing agenda items. However, we have posted an update including a draft of recommendations at the Big Bets/New Academic Directions blogsite. Please review as you are able. We hope to bring pieces of this before the faculty this spring and will develop workshops for summer program planning.   

Academic Statements: Students will still be required to submit their annual and final academic statements this spring. As you know, a well-written Academic Statement is a tribute to the student’s learning; a hastily written one can overshadow all the wonderful things you write about them in your evaluations. With that in mind, we encourage you to dedicate some extra attention to the Academic Statement in your 5th week conferences, particularly for your graduating seniors. Annual iterations of the statement are due May 21; graduating seniors need to submit their final statement by June 11. More information at

Student Wellness Services is operating, and available to provide support to students via phone and HIPAA compliant video conferencing.  We recommend that you submit a report to the Care Team if there is elevated concern for a student’s well-being or safety, especially if there is danger of credit loss.  Care Team members will try to connect with the student and offer resources/support. 

Upcoming dates: 

Academic Fair: The Academic Fair will be held remotely on May 19 from 4-6pm. Please look out for an email from our colleagues in registration asking you to provide a zoom link and handouts.   

Registration week for summer and fall quarters will now begin on May 24, 2021.  

Commencement: Evergreen will be hosting a virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 11 to honor the class of 2021. If you have not already voted for faculty graduation speaker, you can do so here.  

The Academic Deans | 360.867.6810  

Abir Biswas | Kathleen Eamon | Karen Gaul | Larry Geri | Greg Mullins | Marcia Tate-Arunga | Elizabeth Williamson   

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