FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
June 15, 2020
I hope this note finds you and your family members healthy. The spring semester took a considerable effort by students, faculty and staff to successfully complete, and I am so proud of this community’s efforts to strive for a high-quality educational experience.
Anticipated Next Steps
As you know, New York City finally entered Phase One of the Governor’s New York Forward plan this past Monday with subsequent phases of re-opening planned about every two weeks. Right now, higher education is listed in Phase Four, and if the phases continue on track, we tentatively will be able to re-open the campus in mid-July. We also receive ongoing guidance from Governor Cuomo for how higher education institutions will re-open. As we plan for July, we are also determining what the fall semester may look like. Summer Session II will remain online only, and we hope to begin laboratory make-ups from the spring and summer later this summer once the Governor has declared that New York City is in Phase Four.
For our students who flight train at Heritage Flight Academy, flight training is also currently included in Phase Four by the Governor and, as a result, they are not able to train Vaughn students. Again, we tentatively anticipate entering Phase Four in mid-July and will alert students as soon as they are able to begin scheduling flight time.
Planning for the Fall Semester
Right now, we are planning for a flexible approach to the fall semester that gives students and faculty members some options and best matches student learning styles with the modality of instruction. Thank you to all of the faculty members who responded to the recent survey as that is greatly assisting us in building our plan. As a result, we are planning for four different types of instruction that include synchronous (at the same time) or asynchronous (self-paced) including:
Face-to-Face Synchronous: These courses are taught fully face-to-face in a traditional classroom. Should there be COVID-19 disruptions, the course will remain fully synchronous, at the originally scheduled time, but will be delivered through the Zoom platform. The institution may require Zoom to be an active secondary stream during on-campus, face-to-face sessions to accommodate social distancing rules or other issues that may prevent on-campus attendance. Students will be required to purchase a web-camera. This option is available to Academic and Aviation Training Institute students.
Online Synchronous: These courses will start online and remain fully online, regardless of COVID-19 disruptions. Content is expected to be fully synchronous, delivered via the Zoom platform. Students will be required to purchase a web-camera. This option is available to Academic and Aviation Training Institute students.
Hybrid: These courses are approximately 50 percent online and 50 percent on campus. Should there be COVID-19 disruptions, the in-person synchronous content will be delivered through the Zoom platform. The institution may require Zoom to be an active secondary stream during on-campus, face-to-face sessions to accommodate social distancing rules or other issues that prevent on-campus attendance. Students will be required to purchase a web-camera. This option is not currently available to Aviation Training Institute students due to Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
Online Asynchronous (Traditional Online): These courses operate fully online with all content delivered entirely asynchronously. This option is not currently available to Aviation Training Institute students due to Federal Aviation Administration regulations.
Office hours will be conducted in a combination of face-to-face and on Zoom, depending on the type of teaching modality you have registered for this fall. While we plan for the format of lectures and laboratories, we are also working to support additional training and support for the delivery of those courses including the use of key technology to supplement online courses.
Labs are also a critical component for many students, and we are exploring options that would allow students to schedule time in a lab, as well as options for the use of virtual laboratories. As the state’s guidelines become clearer, we will be able to put a structure in place that works well for us.
For those students who plan to reside in the residence hall, we are fortunate that each suite in our residence hall has a bathroom providing us with greater social distancing capability. For the Fall 2020 semester, students may request a single room, where this was not an option for the past academic year.
Returning to campus
We are planning for many scenarios for the fall and need the cooperation of everyone to make this work. I ask for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this this “new normal.” We are committed to maintaining a safe and high-quality educational environment for everyone and need your understanding to make it work as smoothly as possible.
We will provide more information as it becomes available. You may also view updates on the College’s website at www.vaughn.edu/coronavirus for updated information. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
May 4, 2020
Students, Faculty and Staff,
Hard to believe, but we have made it to May! This has been an incredible period of working together and staying focused on the students we serve, the faculty who quickly responded to the changed teaching landscape and the staff who worked to support the ongoing operation of the institution. Everyone contributed to our effort this spring, and the link below is one of several videos we will be putting together highlighting the care and and dedication we have to our students and our mission.
As we head into finals, please enjoy our “Voices of Vaughn” tribute!
April 28, 2020
Students, Faculty and Staff,
I hope this note finds you doing okay and that you and your family are healthy. I would like to provide you an update on several areas:
Summer Session I
Based on the Governor’s daily briefings and the anticipated slow re-opening of New York, particularly the metropolitan region, we have made the decision to continue offering courses scheduled for Summer Session I in an online format. As more information becomes available about plans to re-open New York, we will make a determination about Summer Session II.
To assist students taking Summer Session I classes during this difficult time, we will waive the $425 semester fee which is tied to services such as on-campus computer usage and other student services.
As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), any Aviation Training Institute (ATI) student may move forward with their program regardless of an “Incomplete” grade received this spring. As the campus is re-opened, we will work with students in small numbers to complete the required material to receive a passing grade. Also, the FAA has permitted us to create an all-online lecture schedule allowing you to complete the lab portion when we re-open. This provides you with the flexibility to stay on track to finish your program. For more information about registration, please reach out to your ATI adviser: Mariaura.Almodovar@vaughn.edu ; Hours: M: 9-5pm; T: 9-5pm; W: 9-5pm; Th: 10-6pm; F: 9-5pm Zoom Room: 892-222-6244.
Academic students who need assistance with summer or fall registration, please reach out to the following advisement staff through their Zoom Meeting Room IDs — these are not telephone numbers:
Flight Advisement – Ruhullah.Mehirdel@vaughn.edu
Hours: M: 11-7pm; T: 9-5pm; W: 9-5pm; Th: 9-5pm; F: 9-5pm
Zoom Room: 315 -681 9834
Engineering Advisement – Asia.Johnson@vaughn.edu
Hours: M: 9-5pm; T: 11-7pm; W: 9-5pm; Th: 9-5pm; F: 9-5pm
Zoom Room: 917-470-732
Management Advisement – Janil.Garcia@vaughn.edu
Hours: M: 9-5pm; T: 9-5pm; W: 10-6pm; Th: 9-5pm; F: 9-5pm
Zoom Room: 321-527-4139
Student Emergency Assistance Grants
Vaughn has received funding from the federal government to provide Student Emergency Assistance Grants. The grants are provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act which establishes and funds the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and directs institutions of higher education to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. The CARES Act expressly requires that institutions provide the emergency financial aid grants to students “for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare). Only students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants.
How Vaughn Calculated Eligibility
Vaughn’s goal was to assist the neediest Title IV-eligible students enrolled as of March 13, 2020 with a minimum of at least six credits. To do that, we are using the $1,070,409 given to the institution to distribute to students who the Federal government already deems the neediest. We did that by using those who qualified for a Pell grant this spring and have an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $5,576. Using that criteria, more than 700 students qualified for an emergency grant.
Vaughn did not award funds to anyone whose EFC was above the Pell-eligible limit, and Federal guidelines did not allow the institution to award funds to anyone who was not Title IV-eligible, or any students enrolled exclusively online.
We will begin the distribution of that funding shortly. We will work to get students that help as quickly as we can given the circumstances restricting the number of staff allowed on campus.
Room and Board Adjustments
We are also working through the process of issuing credits to those students who vacated the residence hall based on your program start date, the date you left the the hall, your financial aid package and your remaining meal plan funds. Residence hall students will receive notification shortly on how this may impact you.
Fall Semester Plans
At this point, we do not have enough information to make a decision about how we will proceed with classes in the fall. We are planning for several scenarios, and hope for the best outcome for our community with guidance from New York State.
Graduating students, I hope that you are planing to join us for all of the ways that we will celebrate with you over the next few weeks. For details on the events, please visit: https://www.vaughn.edu/commencement/ and I look forward to congratulating you in person as soon as that is safe to do.
As we come to the end of this academic semester, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their tremendous efforts as we live through this crisis. While we continue to experience the impacts of the virus, I have taken great solace from the fact that we came together as a community and supported each other. Many individuals have had the virus, helped family members who had or have the virus, and some of us have experienced the worst possible outcome–the passing of someone we love. Through all of this, students, faculty and staff have remained committed to caring for each other and providing a high-quality educational experience, and for that I am eternally grateful to you.
Stay healthy and please feel free to reach out if you need any additional support by replying to this email. Be well.
April 15, 2020
Messages from the President
Zoom Front Desk now available to help answer questions and direct you to resources.
Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Join by entering Zoom Meeting Room ID# 989-7485-1705, or by clicking https://vaughn.zoom.us/j/98974851705.
If you have questions about the Vaughn Zoom Front Desk, please contact Nikiya.Thomas@vaughn.edu.
Registration Week for Summer II and Fall (07/06-07/09)
Monday, July 6: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ATI Express Registration: Zoom Front Desk: 989-7485-1705 at 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 7: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Academic Express Registration: Zoom Front Desk: 989-7485-1705 at 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
Thursday, July 9: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Zoom Room Q&A Hours and Meeting Room IDs:
Academic Information: 223 -867-2792;
(M–Th: 3-4 p.m.)
ATI Information: 223 -867-2792;
(M–Th: 4-5 p.m.)
Jian Qiao Information: 223 -867-2792;
(T: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Th: 4-5 p.m.)
Front Desk: 989-7485-1705;
(M–Th: 6-7 p.m.)
For library support, click here.
For updates on free WIFI access and Internet service click here.
INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS
FAQs for Students – Revised June 25, 2020
Advisement, Tutoring Schedule, Registrar, Student Accounts and Financial Aid Information – Updated June 16, 2020
Summer Tutoring Hours – Added May 18, 2020
Information for ATI Students – Updated May 7, 2020
INFORMATION FOR STAFF
Staff Memos – Updated June 12, 2020
Online COVID-19 Resource Center – Added April 15, 2020
INFORMATION FOR FACULTY
Online COVID-19 Resource Center – Added April 15, 2020
Online Teaching Tips – Updated April 28, 2020
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