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Fall Classes Move Online on August 24, 2020

Dear Lightning Community,

The enthusiasm and spirit demonstrated throughout our transition to online instruction last semester was truly amazing. It reinforces the many ways Goldey-Beacom College is truly a leader in higher education, a model of how a community comes together to overcome adversity.

We appreciate your patience as we coordinate our plans for safely returning to campus with as little disruption as possible.  We are saddened to announce Goldey-Beacom College will reopen on time for the fall semester--classes will begin on August 24th — but in the online format only.  Our intention was to bring our undergraduate students back to campus, with classes offered in a combination of in-person and remote instruction, but recent events on other college campuses and rising numbers of positive cases of COVID-19 led us to the inevitable conclusion that classroom instruction and residence hall living are too uncertain to risk the health of our students and our employees.

Rest assured that the quality of instruction we offer this semester will match the high standard students have come to expect from Goldey-Beacom College. Faculty have worked all summer to prepare for this possibility, just as they have prepared for adapting to a hybrid format. New tools has been provided to enhance the online experience, and we are confident our classes will match or exceed our students’ expectations.

It is a disappointment to us all that the fall semester will usher in empty classrooms, empty beds in the newly-constructed Franta Hall, empty chairs in the newly renovated dining hall, and empty playing fields for our student athletes. We need your help this fall semester to fill those voids. Ask us questions. Offer suggestions. Use the resources we have available to support you in your studies. Keep in contact with us! And keep in contact with one another. Student Affairs has a long list of virtual student events, and we need for you to engage with the GBC community to remind us that we are all in this together. #WeAreOne.

Please take some time to review the Frequently Asked Questions tabs on this page and we look forward to answering many more questions you may have regarding the fall semester.

Go Lightning!
Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D.