As of Tuesday, July 28, PLNU has determined to commence with remote instruction for the fall 2020 semester. It is our understanding that higher education institutions in California will not be allowed to move beyond a virtual modality until the state moves into Stage 3 of recovery. The most up-to-date direction from Governor Gavin Newsom, as well as the County of San Diego, makes clear that all public and private colleges and universities, just as public school districts, need to continue classes online.
Guidance from the Governor is crucial to PLNU’s fall operations because it provides the County of San Diego and those counties where PLNU operates, with sufficient information and context to potentially amend their public health order that currently limits colleges’ and universities’ operations and modality of instruction. Without the Governor’s guidance, the County of San Diego has indicated they will likely not amend their health order and we cannot resume any in-person or hybrid instruction until that happens. This includes graduate and adult programming.
- Fall 2020 Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) programs will begin remotely on August 31 for graduate students.*
- Adult Degree Completion (ADC) programs will begin remotely on September 7 for degree completion students.*
*Final exams, semester start and end dates, etc. will remain the same.
Many of our Graduate and Professional Studies programs, including adult degree completion programs at regional community college sites, were already scheduled to be remote through the fall. But this decision does represent some changes for certain programs as formats vary by program type.
While we are still a month from the start of GPS programs, we continue to await higher education guidance that could allow us to modify these fully remote plans. If we are approved to return to our hybrid modality for specific programs, before or during the fall term, we are prepared to do so as appropriate. No matter what, we will also accommodate those students choosing to continue with remote instruction for the entire fall term.
GPS Program Town Halls
To learn more about PLNU’s approach and what remote learning will look like this fall, all GPS students will be invited to a series of GPS Program Town Halls hosted by their program directors over the next two weeks. In addition to any program format changes, students will have the opportunity to learn more about ongoing support services and ask program-specific questions.
More information on these events will be shared by program directors and placed on the website on Monday, August 3.
Virtual Student Services
All Student Services teams continue to be available virtually full time to support you in this virtual transition. This includes:
Student Success Counselors
Student Financial Advisors
Director of ADC Spiritual Care
Graduate Program Chaplains:
Bakersfield: Brent Kall
Liberty Station: Dave Hazel
Mission Valley: Gordon Wong
You may also feel free to join us for virtual chapel every Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. PDT on Instagram (@PLNUchapel) and YouTube.
Our Student Services team will continue to reach out to you — please continue to connect with them.
Additional Learning Remotely Resources
- A student guide to PLNU resources while learning remotely
- Internet Connection Resources: If a student does not have access to Internet resources at home, we have helpful information about no/low-cost options from carriers
- Student Virtual Desktop: How to connect to a computer lab virtual environment
- Library and Learning Resources: Help accessing resources remotely and librarian assistance
Note: students must log in to access these resources