This has been a summer of growth here at the Institute as faculty from all degree programs have participated in intensive Camp Design Online courses and lots of other shorter training sessions and workshops to prepare for a fall semester of remote teaching and learning. Together our faculty and staff have embraced the opportunity to adapt courses and schedules to the new format and in some cases to re-imagine both content and delivery.
Earlier today, the U.S. government rescinded a troubling policy that would have barred international students from studying exclusively online while living in the United States and would have further restricted students pursuing their academic programs from abroad.
We know that many of you have questions about the July 6 news release from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)—Student & Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that took everyone by surprise. Colleges and universities in the U.S. did not anticipate this outcome as institutions began developing our plans for fall enrollments.
The 2020–2021 academic year at the Middlebury Institute will start with remote instruction throughout the fall. We will bring students back to campus in 2021, if we can do so safely. The academic calendar will not change. Classes will begin on August 24.