From the President of Peru State College
Dear Parents and Family Members,
Personalized and engaging educational experiences are central to Peru State’s mission. This mission and our vision for your students have guided us as we adjust to new ways of living and operating in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic. I am thankful for our faculty and staff’s unchanging commitment to students and, moreover, I am impressed with the resiliency of our students.
I am writing today to keep you informed on the approaches the College has taken to ensure your student both receives an engaged education and has the support they need to complete the semester successfully. Since March 22, all classes have been taught remotely to best protect students and members of the campus community.
To support students in this significant transition, the College has planned these proactive support opportunities for each student:
- Faculty members are in regular contact with all of their students. I recently visited with a student who had just had an individual videoconference meeting with one of her faculty members. Please encourage your student to reach out to their own faculty members for assistance and guidance with course material.
- Over 40 members of the campus staff have shifted their work to support students who are now taking their classes remotely. These Peru Academic Liaisons (PALS) work directly with 20 to 25 students each, making weekly contacts to ensure each student is achieving a successful transition. You will receive an e-mail shortly with more information about this program
- Our new One Stop office is available to assist students with questions about student accounts, financial aid, advising and many other student concerns. The One Stop is working to provide the best customer service experience possible in this transition.
- Tutors are available to assist students with specific classes and to support paper editing. I encourage you to proactively remind your student this resource is available.
- Virtual study halls are scheduled each Wednesday to provide a specific time for studying, including break-out rooms for group projects.
- Licensed counselors are available to students via phone and video conferencing. During this time of isolation and transition, it is important that mental health resources remain free and accessible for students.
As a family member, your role in your student’s educational journey is more important
than ever. If you or your student have questions or concerns, please reach out to
one of the resources above sooner rather than later. You are also welcome to contact
me directly; I am glad to visit via phone or videoconference.
Dan Hanson, Ph.D.