Thanks for your patience and understanding during this transition period. We have received a lot of constructive feedback and are working with the faculty to share lessons learned and we’ll continue to refine the course offerings to make them as meaningful as possible.
There a couple of major updates that I want to bring to your attention as we head into the weekend.
- The University made the announcement earlier this week that all Summer A/C courses would be delivered online there will be no face to face instruction. If you are in one of the Hybrid OMBA cohorts this means your next term will be delivered without campus visits as well. This is rooted in the residential nature of UF’s enterprise. Undergraduate students cannot simply return to campus without similar disruption and this decision extends the University leadership’s decision-making horizon through the summer while retaining the option to start summer B courses in person in June should the public health situation allow it. The nature of our OMBA program schedules is complex and many of your next term courses cross spring and summer terms. Further complicating things is the fact that you can attend classes without changing your residential status. There is not a lot of certainty on how this affects the UF MBA weekend meetings. I will reiterate we will resume in-person meetings as soon as it is feasible and allowed.
- The MBA spring graduation has been cancelled and the university sponsored spring commencement ceremonies have been rescheduled. Shane sent an email this afternoon with more details and FAQs. I encourage those who were slated to graduate to read through it. Degrees will still be certified and diplomas mailed, but the party is on hold for now. I am firm believer that graduation is about students and their accomplishments and not the building they’re in. We’re going to celebrate our spring graduates and we’re going to do it right. The catch is we must wait until we have some more certainty that we can throw a party this big.
- The University is considering converting spring classes to S/U aka pass-fail but as of now this only applies to undergraduate courses. I am pushing to get more information about graduate courses but there have been no discussions to this point. If that changes, we will communicate the information.
I continue to look for silver linings and, as an optimist and an educator, there are plenty of opportunities in the real-world headlines about economic forecasts, financial markets, pandemic response, and eventual recovery that will be excellent case studies for you in every course from finance, to human capital, to strategy, and beyond as aspiring business and community leaders.
We are preaching flexibility and practicing it here at the UF MBA program these days and we remain committed to supporting your success. We know people are juggling a lot and you’ll contact us as you are able, but I want to remind you that we are here when/and if you need assistance, clarification, or just a pep talk.
Same closing as last week: take care of yourselves. I mean that in terms of following CDC guidelines, but also in terms of drink water, eat, and get some sleep. Look out for each other. Be gracious and compassionate – we’re all in this together.
I’m here to assist in ways that I can, please feel free to keep in contact with me.