Has the academic calendar changed for 2020-21?
Meredith College has made several adjustments to the Fall 2020 calendar.
Changes are as follows:
- Fall classes will begin on Monday, August 17, which is two days earlier than originally planned.
- Monday, September 7 (Labor Day), will also be an instructional day instead of a holiday.
- Fall Break is being moved to Tuesday, October 6, as a single day event.
- The last day of classes will be Tuesday, November 24.
- Virtual academic activities may be scheduled from Monday, November 30 - Tuesday, December 8, 2020.
Fall Semester Exams: Online final exams will be held from Tuesday December 1 through Tuesday, December 8.
The amended academic and exam calendars are posted on the Registrar’s Office website.
How will Meredith classes be taught during the Fall semester?
Faculty continue preparing to safely teach face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses. The College has invested in technology to help ensure students receive a well-designed, engaging experience regardless of course format. Read more about these preparations
The Fall 2020 semester schedule includes face-to-face, online synchronous, online asynchronous, and hybrid courses. What do these terms mean?
Face-to-face is the traditional classroom setting.
Online synchronous is an online class that has real-time course meetings.
Online asynchronous is a true online class with no real-time meetings.
Hybrid is is a class with a mix of face to face and online (synchronous, asynchronous, or both) learning.
Meredith's Registrar sent a detailed message to students explaining these terms and how they are represented in WebAdvisor.
Is there a timeline for making additional decisions about the Fall semester?
In order to provide the best and safest possible living, learning, and working environments for our students, faculty, and staff, decisions are based on the most up-to-date information available.
For everyone’s health, safety, and well-being, we anticipate plans continuing to evolve throughout the summer as new data and national, state, and local recommendations become available.
How does Meredith’s decision relate to what Wake County public schools and other Cooperating Raleigh College (CRC) schools decide?
Meredith’s planning is informed but not driven by decisions made by other schools in the area. President Allen represents Meredith on the CRC executive board and is a past chair of the board. She has initiated 2020-21 planning conversations with presidents of other CRC institutions (NCSU, Peace, Shaw, St. Augustines, Wake Tech).
We are strategic and mindful of where Meredith’s plans need to align with those of other schools in the area because of shared faculty and dually-enrolled students. We are also cognizant of our status as an individual entity with specific strengths and capacities, different facilities, and unique programs that are also considered in our planning.