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CCCU Monitoring of & Response to COVID-19

CCCU Monitoring of & Response to COVID-19

March 10, 2020

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The CCCU continues to closely monitor the evolving updates on COVID-19 and is paying close attention to news and advisories coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the broader higher education and study abroad communities.

We are in close communication with our 180+ institutions to share updates and resources as they transition to online learning and navigate decisions regarding their students and campuses. We have been encouraging our campuses to utilize our various listserv platforms to share best practices for how individual campuses are responding to COVID-19. For information on individual campus responses, most campuses have also created a dedicated COVID-19 response page on their website.

On March 12, 2020, the CCCU made the difficult decision to conclude the residential component of all of our spring 2020 off-campus study programs (in nine locations across the U.S. and around the world) and move to online programming through the end of the semester. Additional updates on our off-campus study programming are available here.

We have a number of upcoming scheduled conferences and events happening at various locations across the country (listed here). We are actively monitoring the situation in each geographic location—any event cancellations will be clearly communicated to registered attendees and posted on the individual event pages on our website.

In the midst of extended disruption to higher education, we have 40 CCCU campuses participating in our online course-sharing consortium through Acadeum to get students back on track as quickly as possible. Acadeum is currently providing an accelerated onboarding process to assist institutions in providing additional summer courses for students impacted by the current disruption.

For the latest medical information and guidance, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the Johns Hopkins tracker of COVID-19 Global Cases.

All media inquiries should be directed to media@cccu.org.

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Update 3/12/20

Dear Members of the CCCU BestSemester Community,

Like you, the CCCU continues to closely monitor the evolving updates on COVID-19 and is paying close attention to news and advisories coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the broader higher education and study abroad communities. In light of the totality of the circumstances, we are adjusting our off-campus programming for the remainder of the semester. All of us are being asked to do our part for the good of the many. As Christians, we believe that we can be up to that task even with some sacrifice to ourselves.

Action plan moving forward:

First, the CCCU off-campus programs will shift to online programing or available substitute options within the next week through the end of the semester.

We lament that the off-campus experience will be in some way altered by the reality of this global health crisis. The CCCU, in coordination with the students’ sending campuses, will work with students to finish their semesters as best as possible given the experiential nature of the curriculum. Additional details for the teach out plan for each program will be provided by the program’s specific director.

Second, by the end of next week (or earlier, depending on the program), the residential component of all of our Spring 2020 BestSemester off-campus study programs will conclude.

Given the nature of the programs around the world and the individualized schedules, the programs are working with their students to make travel arrangements that are consistent with the program circumstances. To the extent possible, we are encouraging students to coordinate with parents, emergency contacts, and campuses.

Students will receive further instructions from their program directors regarding next steps.

The CCCU has been in frequent contact with campus faculty and staff and will continue to monitor travel advisories and share important updates. Please continue to check our website for additional updates. Our offices will remain open for questions or concerns.

Thirdly, as of today, we remain optimistic that the Oxford Summer Programme from June 11-July 13, 2020 will proceed as planned.

The CCCU is grateful for the close communications from our sending campuses and the wisdom they have displayed. The CCCU is also grateful for the hard work, ingenuity, care, and flexibility of our program directors and staff teams who love their students and will work diligently to care for each student until they are home. As I often say, “We are in this work together.” It is my hope and prayer that we will be open-hearted learners to all that God is teaching us through this particular health emergency. It is also my prayer that our CCCU institutions and programs will be a witness to many that even while we prepare, we trust God for the future.

 

Update 3/10/20

The CCCU continues to closely monitor the evolving updates on COVID-19 and is paying close attention to news and advisories coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the broader higher education and study abroad communities.

We have a number of upcoming scheduled conferences & events happening at various locations across the country (listed here). We are actively monitoring the situation in each geographic location and making decisions on a case-by-case basis in light of evolving information. Some of these events are scheduled to be held on CCCU campuses, and we are consulting with our individual campuses and following their recommendations. Any event cancellations will be clearly communicated to registered attendees and also posted on the individual event pages on our website.

  •  In consultation with Trevecca Nazarene University, we have made the decision to cancel the Regional Immigration Summit on March 17 in Nashville, TN.
  • In consultation with Oklahoma Baptist University, we have made the decision to cancel the Regional Immigration Summit on March 26 in Shawnee, OK.

Our CCCU staff have been in frequent contact with the students, faculty, and staff on our BestSemester off-campus study programs to share important updates. As of right now, we have decided not to suspend any of our off-campus study programming, but we have taken a number of precautionary measures, including restricting travel to specific countries based on CDC, WHO, State Department, and Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) recommendations, communicating with students regarding good hygiene practices, and encouraging students to stay home from work/class in the event they are feeling unwell. We are also offering to work with students to complete their coursework remotely in the event they would like to leave their program early. We will continue to monitor travel advisories and share important updates.

We have been encouraging our CCCU campuses to share resources & best practices via our various listserv platforms.

Please join us as we continue to pray for those impacted by the virus.

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