A Message from the Graduate College Dean: Fall 2020

Old NorthGreetings Graduate Student Bronchos,

The Jackson College of Graduate Studies is eagerly awaiting you! We welcome your return or your beginning to graduate education in a few weeks when UCO brings all Bronchos back for learning. As you prepare for your graduate studies, I am reaching out to send you a note of encouragement. We are indeed in a time of heightened anxiety, uncertainty and stress. I am hopeful this quick update finds you well and will help you be more diligent, adaptive and aware.

Fall 2020 Graduate Student Experience

So what can you expect out of your graduate experience this fall? You can view complete details in the university’s fall reopening plan and in the Graduate College’s coronavirus updates website. Both resources will be updated regularly with any new information or changes that may occur as the situation evolves.

We are asking all graduate students to make every effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and Buddy wearing a UCO maskseasonal illnesses. As you prepare for in-person courses, please plan to do the following:

  • wear a mask with physical distancing;
  • wash your hands regularly; and,
  • wipe down the classroom areas you use.

You can anticipate that graduate faculty will use a variety of teaching methods (face-to-face, online, hybrid, alternative delivery, extended classroom, etc.). We are making provisions to accomplish physical distancing in the classroom; this means you may experience one or more of these methods across your graduate coursework in the coming academic year. Please know that regardless of the instructional modality, we remain committed to providing you with a quality graduate experience.

We’re Here For You

Finally, we’re here for you in person and virtually; our desire is to help you navigate your graduate studies amid our current COVID-19 realities. Along with visiting our office in person, you can book a virtual appointment. Rather than printing hard copies of documents, you can download a Graduate College form for securing digital signatures. When you are ready, you can complete your thesis defense this fall either in person with physical distancing or via Zoom. Please reach out if you discover more ways that we can be of assistance to improve your overall graduate student experience at this time.

Perhaps, never before have graduate students and the Graduate College experienced this mix of such rapid, changing dynamics. I hope you know we are here to support you. I wish you a productive, successful and safe semester.

Dean, Jeanetta D. Sims
My Broncho Best,
Dean Sims