[August 3, 2020 | MENA, Ark.] UA Rich Mountain has announced that in-person classes will now start August 24 with the exception of licensed practical nursing classes, which will start the week originally set, August 17. “This change to the start of classes allows us the ability to better manage the criterion and requirements set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health, and it will enable us to maintain the same calendar as our local area public schools,” explained Chancellor Dr. Phillip Wilson.
Wilson also announced that the college will provide a “flex” arrangement for in-person classes. For the most part, classes that meet twice a week will rotate being in-person with the instructor one day and remote instruction through interactive technology in a different classroom the second day. This allows for the recommended physical/social distancing. “The safety and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff are my top priorities. These changes allow us to keep adequate social distancing in the classrooms and adhere to the newest guidelines issued by the Department of Health,” added Wilson. Instructors will contact students to arrange the flex schedule.
An added benefit explained by Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs Chad Fielding is that it will extend fall registration by another week which will allow many students who have been undecided about college because of the pandemic to determine if UARM is the best fit for them this fall. “Our enrollment numbers are consistent with this same time last year, so we are not seeing a decline. Our financial aid office has been incredibly busy processing applications. We want students to understand, if they have changed their minds from attending a larger college or a 4-year university opting to stay closer to home, it’s not too late to make those changes. They can stay on course for their educational path by starting with us here at Rich Mountain.”
The campus is now open. Face coverings are required. Admissions and financial aid staff are located in the Maddox building on the main campus or you can arrange an appointment by calling 479.394.7622. Representatives are also available at both the Mena and Waldron campuses. More information available at UARichMountain.edu.