Limited Reopening Message/Thank You: July 24, 2020 Message
Colleagues and Students,
On behalf of the entire Brookdale community, I wanted to extend my thanks for your patience and understanding this week with the limited re-opening of our Lincroft campus. It’s a work in progress. I thank all who helped to set up our campus with the appropriate signage and who have assisted students this week. Please note that the Lincroft campus is currently open only to students who were enrolled in hands-on courses this past Spring and who need to resolve an “In Progress” grade. For students enrolled in Summer 2 and 3 classes that are being conducted remotely, those classes will continue in remote format as scheduled. Access to buildings and facilities at Lincroft is limited to authorized students, employees and visitors.
Our faculty and staff welcome your return and wish you much success as you pursue your studies and professional and personal goals. These are certainly challenging times, and I commend you for your perseverance and dedication.
We look forward to welcoming back more students when circumstances permit. As a reminder – please fill out the Daily Pre-Check Form prior to coming to campus. The form is available in English and Spanish and can be filled out after 5 pm for the following day. Please email email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
For additional information related to COVID-19:
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov for information related to prevention efforts, hand washing and hygiene, face coverings, symptoms, quarantine, testing, etc. The CDC site also contains videos on a broad range of topics.
- Visit https://www.brookdalecc.edu/advancement/college-relations/brookdales-response-to-covid-19/cdc-videos/ to view a selection of videos and search the CDC site for additional topics and videos.
- Visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, www.covid19.nj.gov for information on several topics, including states on New Jersey’s travel advisory list due to higher rates of transmission. Travelers returning from the affected states are advised to quarantine for 14 days.
Thank you for your ongoing patience and cooperation as circumstances continue to evolve. We will continue to provide more updates as needed.
David Stout, Ph.D.
Brookdale Community College
Limited Reopening Plan: July 6, 2020 Message
Dear Colleagues and Students:
As per Governor Philip Murphy’s Executive Order No. 155, Brookdale has submitted a limited reopening plan for Lincroft and Wall for Monday, July 20 for certain In Progress classes only. Our plan emphasizes the safety and well-being of our community members in this COVID-19 environment and outlines procedures and protocols. Our plan includes daily temperature screenings, steps taken to ensure maximum social distancing, increased sanitization and cleaning and restrictions on building access, among other measures. Individuals are required to wear face covering while on campus. Classes requiring in-person instruction in certain disciplines will resume at these two locations only as New Jersey remains in Stage 2. I urge you to review the plan that we submitted to the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education for approval. More information and details will be forthcoming. Thank you for your ongoing patience and consideration as circumstances continue to evolve.
David Stout, Ph.D.
Plans for Fall: June 15, 2020 Message
We are all facing unprecedented times. We are struggling to figure out what the future is going to look like and our place in that future. Brookdale Community College wants you to know the health and safety of our students and our entire community is of utmost importance.
As we forge ahead in these unsettling times, Brookdale is doing everything we can to ensure you have the opportunity to continue working towards your goals and pursing your education. We will continue to adhere to all state as well as CDC guidelines and regulations to safeguard your health.
This September may be different from those in the past. We want you to know we have worked conscientiously to provide you with options for your education experience this fall so you can choose which format you feel most comfortable using. Please take a moment to review the different formats we have planned for the fall.
- Classes meet on specific days at specific times (synchronous)
- Most course lectures are live-streamed
- Primarily interact with classmates by taking part in virtual class discussions
- May require a Windows PC or a Mac (Check specific class section and/or faculty for details)*
- Best if you prefer a fixed schedule
- Search for sections using Webadvisor and select “Location” as ORLV (Online Remote Live). NOTE: Please search and register for these sections after June 22, 2020. We’re in the process of loading those sections this week.
- Log in when it’s convenient for you (asynchronous)
- Most course lectures are pre-recorded
- Primarily interact with classmates by posting in online discussion forums
- Requires a Window PC or Mac*
- Best if you prefer a flexible schedule
- Search for sections using Webadvisor and select “Location” as DE (Distance Education). Nearly 200 sections are currently available for you to register today.
- A mixture of live meetings and online learning. Live meetings may be in-person or remote live, depending on what the state will allow
- The mandatory live meetings will take place on a consistent schedule
- May still require a Windows PC or Mac. Check specific class section and/or faculty for details. Loaner laptops are available for students who need them. See asterisk (*) below if you would like to request a loaner laptop.
- Search for sections using Webadvisor and select “Location” as ONLH (Online Hybrid). NOTE: Please search and register for these sections after June 22, 2020. We’re in the process of loading those sections.
Beginning Monday, June 22, all fall 2020 class information, including the format of each section, will be posted. To see which format each class is running in, visit WebAdvisor. Current students can log into Student Planning, also located at WebAdvisor, to make changes to your schedule, add and drop classes, register for the fall, and monitor your academic progress. If you would like assistance with planning your classes or deciding which format would be best for you, our Academic Advisors are virtually meeting with students via numerous technologies. To arrange a meeting with an advisor, visit the Academic Advising website or call 732-224-2555.
If you are a new student or would like information about becoming a visiting student at Brookdale, please visit our Admissions Office website or call 732-224-1857. In addition, the Admissions team is also hosting virtual apply sessions where new and visiting students can get help, ask questions, and learn more about Brookdale. Please check the college’s main website to register for these virtual sessions. If you’re a new student and need help registering, you can join a zoom session: Register here!
In addition to academic advising and admissions, Brookdale’s other student services will also continue to be available to you in an online setting.
- Our tutoring services have transitioned to online appointments.
- The Bankier Library has updated its services to expand online opportunities, resources, and appointments with research librarians.
- Career and Leadership Development is continuing to help students and alumni find internship and employment opportunities as well as offering career advice.
- Student Life and Activities is working hard to connect our students with virtual experiences and to keep our student clubs involved.
- Financial Aid is available to help you with your FAFSA or answer any questions you have.
- Visit the Community College Opportunity Grant (CCOG) page to see if you are eligible for free tuition to Brookdale
- Textbooks can be purchased online and the Pen and Scroll Bookstore is offering free shipping on all orders
While we never expected to close all of our locations in the middle of the spring 2020 semester, Brookdale Community College is proud to say our faculty and staff worked diligently to transition classes and services to an online environment. We were able to preserve our high educational standards and continued to provide the services our students depend on.
Brookdale will continue to provide you with the educational excellence, affordable opportunity, and outstanding services we have offered for over 50 years. The options we are offering in this fall may come in different formats than what we are used to, but we are still committed to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please know that we understand you are facing difficult decisions, and we want to help. If you have any questions or would like to know more about our plans, we encourage you to visit us on the web at www.brookdalecc.edu/fall, call us at 732-224-2020, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Loaner laptops are available for students who need them. Please apply here.
David Stout, Ph.D.