Fall Semester 2020

Parkland College recently announced campus measures for the fall 2020 semester that will ensure safer instruction in light of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

All staff, visitors, and members of the community will be required to wear masks in order to enter campus facilities.


A Message from the President

President Ramage shares our campus's fall plans and the wealth of resources available to help you meet your educational goals during the present crisis.


Instructional Delivery Overview

Executive Vice President Lau shares our campus's plans for instructional delivery this fall.


Classroom Preparation: Campus, Hybrid, Online

Parkland College faculty share what students can expect from our campus, online, and hybrid classroom environments this fall.


Below are frequently asked questions about the fall 2020 semester.

Q: Will classes be online, hybrid or on-campus?

Instruction will include both online and on-campus options, with on-campus courses delivered as hybrid courses. While course sections will run as currently scheduled, students with campus-based courses will attend some meetings on the campus and complete some coursework online. If a course is listed as on-campus, there will be an on-campus component at the time scheduled.

Q: How will Parkland address safety in the classroom?

Social distancing and safety guidelines will be enacted. Students may be divided into small groups for on-campus meetings to allow for social distancing. Courses with larger enrollment may require staggered scheduling for on-campus meetings.

Q: How will the schedule change?

Many on-campus class meetings will end Nov. 20. To minimize the number of on-campus meetings after the Thanksgiving break, many of Parkland College's transfer classes will end their on-campus instructional component by Nov. 20, with the online component continuing through the end of the semester. Career classes that require in-person labs may continue on-campus meetings through the semester's end.

Q: How will I know when to come to campus?
Communication with faculty will be key. Faculty will be in touch with students prior to the start of the semester to let them know which of the scheduled days they should attend.
Q: How can I register for fall 2020 classes?
Registration for Parkland College fall courses is underway; students can review step-by-step directions on how to register.
Q: Will I still have to pay the full amount if classes are only online?
Whether delivered in-person, hybrid, or online, each Parkland course will deliver the same learning outcomes and academic credit. As a Parkland student, you are provided with access to high quality faculty, robust student services, and campus technology support. For this reason, full tuition and fees are applied to each course, regardless of format.
Q: How do I purchase books for my classes from the bookstore?
Textbooks and course-related materials for Fall 2020 can be purchased from the Parkland College Bookstore website at www.parklandbookstore.com. Orders are processed on weekdays, and online orders received before noon are usually shipped the same day, arriving within a day or two, depending on your location. To submit an order online, from the home page click on “Textbooks” in the upper left-hand corner and then “Buy Textbooks”. Scroll down to access the dropdown menus to create a list of classes. Next, select “Get Your Books” and a list of materials will be created.
Q: How will student support resources such as the Writing Lab, CAS, etc. be available to students in the fall?
Academic support services such as the writing lab, tutoring, and library services will be available online. The library will also be open with some in-person services available. More details around accessing these services will be shared before the semester begins.

The college's fall plan is contingent upon the district remaining in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan and is thus subject to change. The college will be in timely communication with the campus community regarding any developments that will impact instruction. Students can nonetheless expect a high quality of instruction and connection with faculty this fall.

For information about COVID-19 please go to: https://www.parkland.edu/covid19