A Message from the Provost about spring courses

Published: November 02, 2020

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Dear Auburn Students,

Beginning today, the spring semester course menu and corresponding instructional modalities are available in Tiger Scheduler. The modalities have been refined to provide you with greater clarity as you begin to build your schedule. Our goal remains to offer more in-person instruction while also allowing you to maintain some of the flexibility that online and blended modalities can offer. As you view the course options, please keep these important points in mind:


  • Spring 2021 course modalities include a mix of face-to-face and online formats: It is our goal to offer as many in-person courses as possible, and more than 70% of planned spring courses offer face-to-face instruction (traditional or flexible). Because instructional plans are shaped by ongoing health and safety parameters, such as limited classroom capacities, some face-to-face courses may require students to attend on alternate days of the week or may be offered at non-traditional times. Please take the time to review and understand the modalities before building your schedule; a link to the description of the modalities can be found here.


  • Select the modality that best reflects your learning style: Start working on your schedule now – don’t wait until the day before you register. Work with your academic advisor to select the courses and then use the Tiger Scheduler to build multiple scenarios. You should be able to build a schedule that primarily consists of on-campus courses/in-person instruction, with exceptions in some programs and academic units. Face-to-face options may not be available for every course; online options may not be available for every course. If face-to-face sections are full or not available during registration, please contact your academic advisor or the dean’s office to explore other options or join a waitlist.


The final academic plan for spring, including the calendar and additional guidance for students, will be announced in the coming weeks. We have all learned from our experiences this year, and I am confident we are prepared for the weeks and months ahead.

War Eagle,

Bill Hardgrave