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OFFICE OF THE DEAN

Monday 8/03/2020 7:00 p.m.

Dear Anderson community,

I am writing to follow up on Executive Vice Chancellor Carter’s email today that updates UCLA’s plans for fall quarter, including a reduction of on-site/hybrid courses to 8%. These courses will be limited primarily to lab, studio and clinical courses, in addition to a few others across the university that require in-person attendance.

At Anderson, we are adjusting our plans to operate within this strict guideline, which is driven by the need to balance health and safety concerns with the advantages of being on campus together. Even within this limit, I assure you that we will work in partnership with students to create a truly excellent student experience. We have taken care to build flexibility into our plans. Our faculty are prepared to offer additional hybrid classes should the situation improve.

Under the current plan, there is at least one hybrid course offering available for incoming students in each degree program. Each of our program directors will be providing more specific updates to their students before the end of the week. These on-site/hybrid courses are especially important for our incoming international students, who must meet strict visa requirements to attend Anderson. The Dashew Center for International Students & Scholars will be hosting a Town Hall on August 5 to provide the latest information available on those requirements and to answer any questions. We encourage all of our international students to register to join that meeting.

In the coming days, I hope to have more information to share about how we will be able to use our Anderson outdoor spaces for academic and extracurricular events. We will continue to work closely with student leadership to strategize the best use of this space to help students connect with each other and our wider community, as well as with professional contacts.

In the midst of all that is happening, today we are celebrating the first day of orientation for our incoming full-time MBA class of 2022! These students are beginning their time with us under very trying circumstances, which speaks highly of their adaptability, resilience and commitment to their educational goals. Let me again give an enthusiastic welcome to the newest members of our Anderson community!

While we continue to be challenged by the current pandemic, I am confident that, together, we will not only endure through this difficult time, but excel.

As always, please take good care of yourself and each other.

Best,

Dean Antonio Bernardo
Dean and John E. Anderson Chair in Management