NMSU Provost Carol Parker announced this evening she is calling on all faculty “to work together to meet the educational needs of our students by moving courses to online delivery for the rest of the semester.”
Citing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, Parker stated this action was taken “to protect the health and safety of NMSU faculty, staff and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In a memo titled “Academic Response to COVID-19 Pandemic,” Parker emphasized that NMSU administrators are “NOT expecting faculty to suddenly convert their courses to full-blown online delivery methods using modern online delivery and pedagogical standards.”
Instead, Parker suggested using alternative means including synchronous faculty-student communication technology such as Zoom to facilitate online instruction for courses that were not originally designed to be delivered online.
The memo also indicated the start of Mini-Mester 2 would be pushed back to Monday, March 30, and that final exams week would still begin May 11 as originally planned.
Parker’s memo was sent out via email to all NMSU faculty and staff at 5 p.m. Friday, March 13.