June 9, 2020

Mount Mercy University plans in-person and blended/hybrid classes this fall

Mount Mercy University has announced plans to bring students back to campus this fall with the appropriate and necessary safety measures in place. Both in-person and blended/hybrid classes will be offered. 

“The health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and the hybrid model facilitates maximum flexibility, allowing students to take classes in-person or online,” said Dr. Tim Laurent, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

The hybrid model allows for flexible instruction—some students attend class on one day while others participate virtually. This approach provides the opportunity to pivot to fully remote, if necessary to facilitate student academic progress. It also prioritizes in-person instruction, promotes social distancing, allows for other precautionary health measures on campus and accommodates students who may feel more comfortable taking classes online.

MMU’s Master of Business Administration and Master of Strategic Leadership programs have regularly used the blended/hybrid model, and the university developed online programs nearly a decade ago to assist working adults. This past year, MMU’s online bachelor’s program was recognized as No. 1 in Iowa by U.S. News and World Report. This expertise facilitated an immediate switch to online classes in March during the initial COVID-19 crisis. Students and faculty lost no course time during the transition.

MMU’s fall planning includes a return to on-campus housing, student activities, and athletics.  The university’s preparation is in concert with and follows the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national, state and local public health officials.   

Faculty experts from MMU’s Martin-Herold College of Nursing & Health are assisting the safety efforts in the return-to-campus planning.

For the latest information, visit mtmercy.edu/safe-return.