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NC ADAPT

FAQs

General Questions

What is NC ADAPT?

NC ADAPT is a hybrid learning model designed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
 

How are classes going to be taught?

Classes will be taught face-to-face on campus, virtually by remote instruction, or through a combination of the two.  Adaptations to instructional delivery will be made and announced as conditions warrant.
 

Can I come back to campus?

Students will be able to return to campus. However, if social distancing requirements are once again introduced during the Fall 2020 semester, the College will respond as needed. This means that you could be given the choice to return home (if possible) or be asked to learn remotely from your residence hall.

 

How will NC ADAPT affect housing and dining costs?

If the COVID-19 situation prevents students from living in campus housing or using dining services for any or all of the fall semester, they will only be charged for the amount of time they were in residence. Any financial aid remaining after being applied toward tuition, any campus room and board costs, and other charges, will be disbursed to the student to be used for housing, meals, and other necessary expenses. The timing of potential disbursement of financial aid balances will depend on whether any disruption to on-campus housing occurs. Regardless, students can be assured that disbursements will be timely, allowing them to access funds when needed.

NC ADAPT is intended to give students and families greater flexibility in planning for potential disruption to on-campus learning. This way, planning can take place simultaneously at the College and individual levels.

For example, a student without reliable internet access at their permanent residence could utilize their financial aid to purchase high-speed internet for their permanent residence, make a plan to temporarily relocate to an area with better access should they need to do so, or explore other options that would work well for that student's specific situation.  Students without reliable internet access at their permanent residence are eligible to apply for Student Emergency Fund assistance up to $2,000.
 

What about athletics?

Decisions about athletic seasons have yet to be made. Please reach out to our athletic director, Ashley Antonishen, for information specific to your situation at aantonishen@ncmich.edu or via phone at 231-348-6830.


Academic Questions

Will the semester start on time?

As of right now, yes. If that changes, you'll know well in advance.
 

Is this just for the fall semester, or is it for the whole 2020-2021 academic year?

Right now, we're only planning for the fall semester. We are prepared to continue using NC ADAPT as long as there's a possibility that the COVID-19 pandemic could require us to shift to social distancing in the interest of public health.
 

I don't want to take only online classes. Do I have a choice?

We don't want to offer only remote instruction, either. But in this situation, we're choosing to prepare for the possibility that we will have to shift online again this fall. We're making these changes for the good of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, the remote instruction we're planning will be different from regular online classes.
 

What's the difference between remote instruction and online classes?

Remote instruction is generally delivered synchronously to a group. For example, your face-to-face class that meets Wednesday at 10 a.m. would also meet remotely via Zoom on Wednesday at 10 a.m., letting you interact with your professor and your classmates in real-time.

Online classes are generally delivered asynchronously and completed by students individually. For example, to view a class and complete assignments, a student would log in at their convenience, view course materials, read chat logs, leave comments and complete and turn in assignments on their own.
 

How can a hands-on lab or class adjust to remote instruction?

Whenever practical, computer simulation and/or alternate lab experiences that can be completed at home will be utilized.

 

What if I don't have reliable access to high-speed internet or technology at my permanent residence?

For students who do not have reliable access to high-speed internet or technology at their residence, Wi-Fi is available on our Petoskey campus in the library parking lot 24/7, and well as the parking lots closest to the buildings at the Cheboygan and Gaylord sites.

Listed below are other sources of support from a number of different avenues:

  • The North Central Library can loan laptops to students who need them, free of charge.  
     
  • Students are eligible to apply for Student Emergency Fund assistance up to $2,000 to assist with obtaining technology and internet access.
     
  • Great Lakes Energy has announced free access to Truestream high-speed Wi-Fi at several parking lots in Emmet and Charlevoix counties:
     
    • Bliss Township Firehall – 9198 Pleasantview Rd., Levering
    • Stutsmanville Chapel – 2988 S. State St., Harbor Springs
    • Harbor Light Christian School – 8333 Clayton Rd., Harbor Springs
    • Emmet County Road Commission – 2265 Hathaway Rd., Harbor Springs
    • Petoskey Youth Soccer Association Field – 2325 Click Rd., Petoskey.  Service is available from 6 a.m.–8 p.m.
    • Charlevoix Township Stroud Hall – 12491 Waller Rd., Charlevoix
    • Great Lakes Energy Office – west side – 1323 Boyne Ave., Boyne City (old Carters parking lot)
       

 

I'm an incoming first-year student. What does this mean for me?

Welcome! You should be receiving an email from admissions regarding the elements of NC ADAPT and what it means for you. If you haven't received an email yet, or if you still have questions, please contact any member of our Outreach and Engagement staff:

Corey Lansing: clansing@ncmich.edu or 231-439-6349
Ashley Antonishen: antonishen@ncmich.edu or 231-348-6830
Chelse Hawkins Olivo: chawkinsolivo@ncmich.edu or 231-348-6829
Kate Gardner: kgardner@ncmich.edu or 231-348-6824

Pending containment of the virus, we are planning Open House events in August to welcome our new students to campus and introduce them to the facilities and resources available at North Central.
 

Who can I talk to if I still have questions about NC ADAPT?

Please contact studentservices@ncmich.edu if you have additional questions about NC ADAPT.

Students who plan to take courses at our Gaylord or Cheboygan sites should contact Michele Andrews, our associate dean of adjunct faculty and off-campus programs.  She may be reached at mandrews@ncmich.edu or via phone at 231-348-6812.


Campus Experience Questions

Can I utilize counseling services if I'm learning remotely?

Absolutely.  Mary Mummaw, MA, LPC, is a full-time counselor in our Students Services department, and she will hold one-on-one virtual meetings with any North Central student.  She may be reached at mmummaw@ncmich.edu or via phone at 231-348-6700.

 

What academic support services are available if I'm not on campus?

Our Learning Support Services department offers excellent academic support services, even if you're not on campus.  Please contact LSS staff at lss@ncmich.edu for details.

 

I want to be involved in student leadership. How will NC ADAPT impact student leadership opportunities this fall?

It is expected that Student Senate, Phi Theta Kappa, North Central's Student Nurses Association and Student Veterans Association will operate, either in person or virtually, during the 2020-2021 academic year.  Should adjustments have to made to account for proper social distancing, our student leadership and club advisors will communicate to members as necessary.

 

What about campus events and social life?

Campus events are a big part of the college experience, and we are optimisitc that events will return to normal for Fall 2020.  However, we recognize the need to be creative and flexible with how events are offered, and we are prepared to adapt as necessary.


Financial Aid Questions

How will housing costs be impacted by NC ADAPT?

If the COVID-19 situation prevents students from living in campus housing for any or all of the fall semester, they will only be charged for the amount of time they were in residence. For students who are unable to live in campus housing at all during the semester, no housing costs will be charged. Any financial aid remaining after being applied toward tuition, any campus room and board costs, and other charges, will be disbursed to the student to be used for housing, meals and other necessary expenses.

The timing of potential disbursement of financial aid balances will depend on whether any disruption to on-campus housing occurs. Regardless, students can be assured that disbursements will be timely, allowing them to access funds when needed.
 

Will scholarships be awarded?  When will I receive them?

Yes; we awarded our Cycle 1 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.  If you applied during the Cycle 1 period, you should have been notified by May 11 if you received a scholarship during this cycle.  

If you have not applied or did not receive a scholarship during Cycle 1, please apply for a Cycle 2 award.  This application window opens on June 14 and goes through August 14, 2020.  If you have questions, please contact the Financial Aid department at financialaid@ncmich.edu.
 

Will there be a change in how financial aid will be awarded?

No; we will follow the same process and procedures that we have in the past.  If you have not yet completed a FAFSA, we recommend that you do that as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid department at financialaid@ncmich.edu.