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Spring Undergraduate Calendar

The March 29 - June 10 dates for the Spring quarter 2020-21 undergraduate academic calendar are unchanged. With Santa Clara County’s move to the Red Tier of the Blueprint for a Safer Economy, we are able to offer approximately 10-15% of our classes in modified face-to-face format in the spring term in keeping with the higher education guidance for the Red Tier. 

The spring term begins on Monday, March 29. To allow students moving to campus to participate in Santa Clara’s testing and quarantine protocols, we are asking that all undergraduate instruction during the first week of the term (March 29-April 3) take place online. For approved hybrid courses, in-person activities can commence on Monday, April 5. 

For more information on spring 2021 undergraduate enrollment deadlines, please view the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Students will have until April 5 to make changes to their class schedule. If you have specific questions regarding class availability or registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Graduate and Professional Schools 

Graduate programs will be largely online, and will operate on calendars specific to their needs. Students will be notified about the schedules and specifics directly by their schools and programs.

Teaching Effectiveness

With excellence in student learning as our fundamental goal, Santa Clara University has devoted extensive time and resources to build upon the lessons, technologies, and experiences gained when we shifted suddenly to 100% remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As we look to a phased reopening of campus, we are excited to be developing innovative, flexible, inclusive, and adaptive methods for educating our students. Dedicated faculty will maximize students' in-person experiences while augmenting the learning environment with new technologies and modes of teaching, learning, and interacting. And we will do so while keeping the health, safety, and well-being of our entire campus as our top priority.

Jesuit education has always adapted to changing world circumstances; this academic year is no different. Our faculty are providing dynamic learning environments that work best for the content they teach and for their students. 

Throughout this year, the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation has worked with our faculty to provide strategies for success in the blended learning environment, addressing what evidence-based practices for online teaching exist and how to implement these practices using SCU’s suite of technology tools. The immersive “Creating Optimal Online Learning” (COOL) program, delivered in collaboration with the Association of University and College Educators (ACUE), prepares faculty to implement evidence-based teaching practices shown to improve student achievement and close equity gaps. 

In addition, many units on campus are setting up alternative ways for SCU students to connect with one another and with faculty and staff virtually or over social media. In the Jesuit tradition of humanistic education, students will pursue new forms of learning and engagement, deepen their connections with one another, and apply their knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.

We have explored a number of strategies to provide in-person learning environments that are healthy, safe and optimal for learning. We are implementing enhanced safety measures in buildings and classrooms, including the appropriate flow of pedestrian traffic. We are considering best practices for social distancing in order to achieve the appropriate capacity and density level in each instructional space. Given the impact these factors will have on our classroom availability and capacity, we are also looking into expanding class times and identifying all potential instructional spaces on campus.