Dear MCAD Community,
I hope you and your families remain healthy and are finding ways to enjoy this summer. It’s hard to believe that we are about six weeks away from the start of the 2020/21 school year. While we recognize that this fall semester will look different than any previous semester at MCAD, our faculty and staff are looking forward to providing a safe and engaging learning environment.
Over the last several weeks, we have worked on answering many of your questions regarding the upcoming semester. To that end we have developed a comprehensive overview with relevant details on a dedicated web page called Forward, Together: MCAD's Fall 2020 Plan. I hope you take some time to read the information carefully.
Before I go any further, I want to address yesterday's alarming news about changes to the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP) for international students. This is a fast moving development and since the announcement, we have been working with our SEVP representative who is the advisor to all international student advisors in Minnesota. Additionally we are speaking with leadership from both the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design (AICAD) and Minnesota Private College Council (MPCC) to look at potential strategies to contend with this order. (As of today, there is pending litigation from Harvard and MIT contesting this order.) We've also reached out to the Minnesota International Educators Board (MIE) who is holding an emergency meeting with our immigration lawyers to help guide us through these new regulations. Our international students are an essential part of the fabric of our community and we will work tirelessly to support and protect them.
If you have any other questions that have not been addressed by Forward, Together: MCAD's Fall 2020 Plan, please send your inquiries to email@example.com. Our next update on July 29 will include additional information, including answers to your questions about the Fall 2020 semester.
Please take care and stay in good health. We are eager to see you very soon.
All my best,