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July 28, 2020

Dear PIT Community,

As we head toward the next term, I want to share with you an update as to the College’s scheduling plan for October 5.

While it remains our goal to return to campus as soon as we can do so safely, we continue to navigate the strategy of an effective plan with both the health and success of our community as the driving forces.

While reviewing the below timeline and plan, I ask that you keep in mind that if I have learned nothing more during the pandemic it is that information changes quickly and successful organizations have to adapt just as swiftly.

PLAN FOR FALL 2020

Staff & Full-Time Faculty Planned return:

September 8, 2020

  • See our COVID-19 department plans at the link below for specifics.

PIT COVID-19 Return Plan

  • Keep in mind: On July 15, Gov. Wolf issued an order doubling-down on his telework when possible mandate.
Students Planned return:

October 5, 2020

(Fall 2020 Term)

  • Physical Therapist Assistant Program: Students will (continue) to be on-campus for clinical coursework and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other requirements will be taught remotely.
  • Practical Nursing and Clinical Medical Assistant Programs: Students will return to campus for clinical coursework and maintain safety measures outlined in the Plan. All other requirements will be taught remotely.
  • All Other Courses/Majors:  A limited number of courses will be offered with on-campus options.  These select courses will alternatively offer sections that can be taken remotely.  Due to significant space limitations, students wishing to attend any of these on-campus courses are encouraged to register early.

As I indicated earlier, all of our decisions (to date, and) moving forward will be made by putting the health of our community members and student success as our top priorities, because without these two items working in concert, we cannot fulfill the College’s Mission.

Stay safe and healthy,

William B. Robinson, Jr.

President


May 11, 2020

If you are a Philadelphia resident in need of some additional support, Philadelphia’s Emergency cash assistance program for Philadelphia residents begins taking applications today.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/DHS_details.aspx?newsid=529

Residents can apply online at https://www.compass.state.pa.us/compass.web/Public/CMPHome or call BenePhilly at 1 (833) 373-5868.


April 2, 2020

Dear PIT Community,

While these are certainly trying times for all of us, with great challenges and uncertainty to come, it is also an exciting time for our students and College. I want to take a few moments of your time to both update you on our response to COVID-19 as well as share how the technological improvements and enhanced course delivery methods are changing our future to better support your SUCCESS.

As I’m sure you know, Gov. Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order until at least April 30. P.I.T. will continue to comply with the state and federal orders and guidance, and we will re-open our campus just as soon as health officials believe we can do so while preserving the safety of our college community.

Without knowing when that will be, our team is continuing to ensure that the education of our current and incoming students remains as uninterrupted as possible.

The entirety of our Spring term (starting 4/13) will be fully online. Practical Nursing students will also continue their classes in a remote format. Physical Therapist Assistant students will receive further guidance from program administrators in the coming days. While already ranked as a Top 10 Online College in Pennsylvania*, during the last several weeks we have taken steps to strengthen our cyber presence. So far we have expanded our online hosting capabilities, invested in innovative online teaching tools, as well as enhanced our abilities in video recording and conferencing.

Spring of 2020 is going to be a time we will remember for the rest of our lives. It’s a time that we will learn the real meaning of being adaptable. With that in mind, course delivery and support service access and FLEXIBILITY are at the forefront of our online expansion.

In order to not only meet our students’ needs of today but also as we move into the future, I am excited to announce the introduction of FLEXPIT. P.I.T. will provide students an online platform that combines all of the benefits of in-class live instruction with the scheduling flexibility of typical online coursework.

How does FLEXPIT work?

Available for students registered in a course that has days and times associated with it, (not a strictly online “O” section), instruction will take place live online on those days and times by way of video “chat”. Students will have the ability to learn in real-time and interact with instructors and classmates as if they were in a traditional classroom.

Alternatively, attending class sessions in live will be optional, as each live class lesson will be recorded and uploaded to our online platform later that day and can be viewed at a student’s convenience. Also, instructors will be maintaining regular “virtual office hours” to answer the questions of students who were not able to attend the live class session.

Our Student Service department, Library, tutoring, and other support services will remain available to help our students through their journey whether that means meeting in-person (eventually), through phone, email, and/or video chat correspondence.

All of our lives are in a great state of flux right now, we hope that this flexibility will help to reassure you that the resources you need to achieve academic success are stronger than ever!

Stay healthy!

Will Robinson

*OnlineCollegePlan.com


***UPDATE*** 03/16/2020

Over the weekend, Gov. Wolf ordered the shutdown of most businesses in Delaware County.

While it remains unclear how this measure is intended to impact colleges, our students, staff, and faculty’s health is our top priority.  To that end, in addition to moving all classes into an online environment, staff and faculty are being asked to work remotely through 3/27.

We will continue to adapt and make every effort to ensure your education is a “normal” as possible.

For more information visit: https://www.pit.edu/virtual-pit/


Students of Pennsylvania Institute of Technology,

 

This morning I held a meeting with my leadership team to establish the next phase of P.I.T.’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.  From that meeting, our team has established a two-week plan of action from beginning today and to be revisited on March 27th.

Before we get into how the specifics of the plan will affect your education, it is worth mentioning that as the situation continues to evolve P.I.T. will adapt and keep you informed if the plan should change in any significant way.

Classes scheduled for Monday, March 16th, 2020 are cancelled. It will be an in-service day for Faculty and Staff to finalize an online strategy for the next two weeks. 

Please see the specifics below as it relates to your major:

Physical Therapist Assistant Students:

Clinical coursework will continue the week of March 16 followed by the scheduled 3-week break.

Practical Nursing Students:

Nursing classes for all cohorts will be moved to a fully online format.

Your course Instructors will reach out to you before close of business on Monday, March 16th to explain how their curriculum will be delivered for the remainder of the week as well as how your finals will be adapted.

All other Degree and Certificate Students:

Effective at 4:00pm today, all in-class courses and blended courses will be moved to an online format through the end of the winter term.

Your course Instructors will reach out to you before close of business on Monday, March 16th to explain how their curriculum will be delivered for the remainder of the week as well as how your finals will be adapted.

 

Postponed Upcoming Events:

The following upcoming events have been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date:

  • March 25th, PTK Induction
  • March 26th, Nursing Honors Induction
  • March 28th, Cannabis 101 Community Event
  • April 2nd, Graduation

At this time, college offices will remain opened during these two weeks on a truncated basis; however, students will not have building access.  If you fail to reach someone via phone it is important to leave a message with a contact number.

 

I realize these are difficult decisions that must be made to protect our students, faculty, and staff during this challenging period.

Best Wishes for Continuing Good Health – I am.

Will Robinson

10th President