Lewis University-Albuquerque Fall 2020 Class Update

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Lewis University-Albuquerque Fall 2020 Class Update

Published: July 31, 2020.

We continue to plan for fall classes as the start of the semester is five short weeks away.  We have prepared the campus and the classrooms with all the proper protocols guided by the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in our decision-making. 

The State is currently paused in Phase 1 of Reopening New Mexico and experiencing a rise in cases with a resurgence in Bernalillo County over the past month.  According to state guidelines, Lewis is not able to offer on-ground, face-to-face classes at this time.  New Mexico would need to progress to Phase 2 of the reopening plan and have an increase in the “mass gathering size”, currently five, for us to hold classes on our campus.

In addition to the State of New Mexico and CDC guidance, we also consider what other institutions in our community, the region, and around the country are doing so we can assess best practices and apply sound judgement in a timely manner.  

Given all the considerations and student input, Lewis University-Albuquerque will be operating the fall semester classes online until we can open up the campus and hold classes face-to-face.  The changes will not affect your course schedule, the hours you are planning to take this fall, or the progress and time to complete your degree. Your advisors are available to assist with any questions or concerns you might have.  Lewis also will be adding the Zoom platform into Blackboard to enhance the online experience that video conferencing and a personal connection can provide.

We know how important face-to-face instruction is to our students and an important reason why you chose Lewis. Having prepared for on-ground classes all summer, we are fully capable to meet back on campus if circumstances change favorably and allow us to meet in a hybrid format this fall semester.  This is not our first choice to start the fall semester online, but this decision provides certainty during these uncertain times and allows for better planning for all.  

As we navigate through this pandemic, please know that we are always here to discuss the changing dynamics that occur in both your academic and personal lives.  Please contact me at sayaja@lewisu.edu or by phone at 505-639-5600 to share your thoughts or to discuss in detail what we are doing at Lewis University-Albuquerque to get through this together.

Sincerely,

James Saya

Executive Director, Albuquerque



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