TCU Connected Campus

A Continuity Plan for Academic Affairs

“TCU is a place where people are the priority. This is a hallmark of the TCU experience.”
-Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr

 

Nurture relations with surrounding communities

AN INTRODUCTION

Texas Christian University’s unique culture is rooted in a long history of serving and including others – actions that build bonds and cultivate a meaningful, diverse and inclusive connection culture within the TCU community and within the global community.

This spirit of inclusive connection has inspired the TCU Connected Campus plan, our plan to maintain continuity of instruction for TCU students, regardless of how the pandemic continues to evolve.

Initial charge to the TCU Connected Campus Council: This plan will continue to evolve and remain aligned with the TCU Fall 2020 Campus Readiness Task Force and public health guidelines.

It is important to note that this is a living plan, meant to provide structure and direction for student-centered academic delivery, as demanded by factors outside our control. The TCU Fall 2020 Campus Readiness Task Force was appointed to organize and direct formal processes and policies that focus on a safe return to campus. The Teaching & Research subcommittee has primary focus on keeping employees and students safe as we carry out our academic mission. Outcomes from this task force will become integral to the TCU Connected Campus plan described herein.

The following plan will follow and be influenced by TCU’s master campus readiness strategies, which dictate operational and personnel decisions for the University. Regular updates will be posted and noted.

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Stimulate new ideasOUR VISION

Our vision goes beyond continuing instruction online, and moves toward extending broader TCU Connected Campus experiences across multiple domains of learning and engagement – including on-campus and virtual domains. These connected experiences include high-quality, personalized instruction, academic progression, advising and other student services, as well as opportunities for extra-curricular engagement across programs and campus-wide.

A goal of this plan is to respond to students’ immediate needs during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic and related scenarios in the years ahead, while also addressing future needs of students and academic programs.

We realize this vision with the TCU Connected Campus plan. Two key tenets of the plan are:

  1. Horned Frogs will continue to experience high-quality, personalized learning, academic progression and personal growth during their time at TCU, even when a pandemic or other disruption compromises access to campus.
  2. TCU’s high-quality, personalized curricular experiences are largely facilitated by face-to-face instructor to student interaction as well as active learning pedagogy that facilitates student engagement.

The plan has four sections.

SECTION 1

A holistic look at TCU program offerings and discuss how college teams, led by the deans, will extend TCU’s connected campus curricular and extra-curricular student experiences across virtual domains

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SECTION 2

A description of professional development and ongoing support for instructors redesigning courses to maximize students’ self-efficacy in their ability to learn across campus and virtual domains

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SECTION 3

An illustration of course designs that facilitate preserving TCU’s high-quality, personalized curricular experiences across virtual domains

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SECTION 4

Approaches for starting the fall semester

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Enrich intellectual exchangeDELIVERING THE TCU EXPERIENCE ACROSS MODALITIES

The near-term outcomes of the TCU Connected Campus plan are two-fold. The TCU Summer Course Schedule is being delivered online and continues to provide distinctive high-quality, personalized learning experiences – in part, by leveraging synchronous tools that enable live virtual learning online (e.g., Zoom).

The TCU Fall Course Schedule and other extra-curricular aspects of the TCU Connected Campus will be delivered in the modalities demanded by the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that we will be prepared to continue learning and engagement within the following modalities as well as movement between these modalities.

  1. On Campus: traditional course delivery with all students on campus.
  2. Modified On Campus: all/most students attend classes on campus, but medium or large gatherings are prohibited.*
  3. Dual: flexibility of delivering and transitioning between both on campus and online coursework. Students attend classes on campus, but online class is also delivered to students who are not able to be on campus.*
  4. Online: online learning delivery if health guidance does not permit students to return to campus.

*Note that for modes 2 and 3, instructors and other employees may not be present on campus due to health guidelines.

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PEOPLE

Who Will Bring the TCU Connected Campus Plan to Life?

Meet the Team

RESPONSIBILITIES

What Is Each Group Responsible for Achieving?

Explore Team Duties

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Notes

* Throughout this document we use the word “instructor” to refer to persons who are the instructor of record for a course offering at TCU. This includes tenure-stream and non-tenure stream faculty at all ranks, adjunct faculty, instructional staff and graduate students – all of whom may be part or full time TCU employees.

**Also, we use the word “program” to refer to a discipline-specific credit-based degree or credential. Such as a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, a clinical doctoral degree, a doctor of philosophy or a certificate program as well as other credit-bearing certifications offered by TCU that are not listed here.