A Message to Future Adler University Students
April 5, 2021
I hope that this message finds you well. In both Canada and the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and change. Vaccines are becoming increasingly available in both our countries, and with them will come changes in guidance from public health officials.
In early March, British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer advised post-secondary institutions to prepare for a safe resumption of on-campus education in the fall. This advice is based on the latest information within the province’s vaccination plan, which indicates that all adults in British Columbia who want the vaccine will be able to receive it this summer. Similarly, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning changes to its guidance on social distancing, as vaccines become more widely available this spring.
With this in mind, we are planning for a return to on-campus, in-person instruction for fall 2021 at both the Vancouver and Chicago campuses.
Our ability to social distance on our ground campuses is limited, so the decision to return to campus comes with the assumption that social distancing guidelines will indeed change in the coming months. We will closely monitor public health guidance in both countries and modify our implementation plans accordingly, reserving the ability to continue operating in a virtual environment if necessary.
We made this decision early to give incoming students time to plan and prepare to be within daily commuting distance of their home campus by the start of the fall 2021 term.
To ensure that our decision making was as well informed as possible, we engaged in broad stakeholder feedback – including surveys of students, faculty, staff, and training sites, as well as conversations with authorizing and licensure bodies, peer institutions, and public health officials from British Columbia and Illinois.
Please note that instruction will continue to be delivered in a virtual format for the summer 2021 term, with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences.
We are committed to supporting you and your educational goals. Our admissions team is available for phone calls and virtual meetings during this spring and summer. Please reach out to your admissions advisor or [email protected] with any questions.
With Adler University’s vast experience in both in-person and virtual education, we can deliver the high-quality education required for our students to become the next generation of social change agents.
Vice President of Admissions