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College adapts to a changing landscape during the pandemic

CMC Spring Valley

Colorado Mountain College Spring Valley is one of CMC’s 11 locations offering flexible and adaptive course instruction this fall. Photo Seth Anderson

Colorado Mountain College is ready for the fall semester, and seeing fairly flat preliminary enrollment compared to the same time last year.

Compared to the same period before the start of fall semester 2019, college-wide full-time equivalency or FTE – a measure that synthesizes both the number of individual students and their course loads – increased approximately 1% for credit classes. Enrollment in other classes – including English as a second language and high school equivalency – appears similar to the same time last year.

Non-credit, or community education, courses are expected to have low enrollment, since fewer of these courses are scheduled due to their face-to-face nature, an impact of precautionary measures taken regarding COVID-19. All enrollment data is expected to change over the coming weeks, however, in part because registration for concurrent enrollment courses is delayed in many CMC district high schools this year.

Fall 2020 Trail Map

In June the college announced its plan for offering fall courses, dubbed CMC’s “Fall 2020 Trail Map.” The plan was designed to be flexible so that courses could be adapted to a changing landscape during the global pandemic.

And so far, the plan is being implemented exactly as it was set out in June.

Three types of courses are being offered: Flex, In-Person and Online Anytime.

  • Flex: These courses will follow a designated class schedule, dates and times. They will be conducted using video conferencing technology like Webex or Zoom. While not guaranteed, Flex courses have the option to include face-to-face components such as small group discussions or group projects.
  • In-Person: These courses cannot be delivered remotely, and will be offered face-to-face at a designated time and location, adhering to enhanced physical distancing guidelines. These courses may have parts of the course online, or using videoconferencing technology like Webex or Zoom, but will require a student to be physically present for all or portions of the course.
  • Online Anytime: These courses will not require in-person attendance and will not have a designated schedule or videoconferencing time. Students must complete the coursework in the time frame outlined in the syllabus.

For all categories of courses, additional and intentional efforts to support students will come in the form of on-campus technology access, on-campus and virtual tutoring, advising and regular communications.

Limited residence halls available

This fall CMC is opening with reduced capacity in its residence halls at the Steamboat Springs, Spring Valley and Leadville campuses. The halls will contain more single rooms and a limited number of double rooms. For the 2020-21 academic year, the college will also waive the requirement that new students live on campus.

In Breckenridge, CMC’s college-owned apartments will continue to operate as self-contained units available to eligible students.

Visit Fall 202o Trail Map for a full explanation of CMC’s plan.

Most classes begin the week of Aug. 24; others will start throughout the semester. Online registration is recommended for classes, both credit and non-credit.

Colorado Mountain College is located in Aspen, Breckenridge, Carbondale, Dillon, Vail Valley at Edwards, Glenwood Springs, Leadville, Rifle, Spring Valley at Glenwood Springs, Steamboat Springs and Salida.

For more information, call 800-621-8559. Learn more at Colorado Mountain College.