Salem Community College is using valuable feedback from students in preparing for more in-person services and courses in the coming months.
The College surveyed students in November. Among the highlights:
- 94% would recommend SCC to a friend,
- 92% see a value in their education,
- 100% of students on campus during the fall semester said they were able to safely social distance and
- Most students agree that the College did a good job adapting to COVID changes, showed care and concern for students, and supported students through the transition online.
The survey (known as Revealing Institutional Strength & Challenges) asked students about the challenges faced during the pandemic in five broad areas: academic support services, campus environment, finances/financial aid, succeeding in their courses and work/personal issues.
Students also provided their overall perceptions of the College, which the administration has carefully reviewed to improve services and the remote-learning experience. With the exception of glass courses, science labs and certain art courses, SCC has provided primarily remote instruction since last spring.
President Michael Gorman has announced that SCC will deliver courses in four formats this fall:
- Asynchronous online (online classes with no set meeting time, meaning students can log in and work when they choose)
- Synchronous virtual (online classes with a set meeting time)
- Hybrid classes (on-campus classes/labs with a set meeting time, combined with additional online instruction)
- Traditional, on-campus, in-person
“Our bottom line is to keep our students, employees and campus guests safe, using the state and local departments of health and the Centers for Disease Control guidelines,” said Dr. Gorman. “We are responsible for delivering a high-quality education at a reasonable price, and will strive to do so every single day. Our quest is to have this campus open and welcoming to all. There are much better days ahead and now they are within sight.”