Dear Students and Families,
Thank you for your patience and for your investment in this college and this community as we move through an incredible time in higher education and in the history of IC. Though there are undeniably some very real challenges around the start of our new academic year, we remain fully committed to our students and their families while balancing and mitigating the impact of this ever-shifting public health crisis on our IC family and our local communities. These are our twin priorities now, and they will continue to be our priorities as we navigate this uncertain time.
The value and excellence of an Ithaca College education continues to be of paramount importance to us, even in the midst of dramatic change and uncertainty. This is a moment that demands major institutional investments in public health and safety and in an IT infrastructure that maximizes and facilitates our students’ ability to access a quality academic experience, connect with one another and with faculty, staff, and mentors, and foster a sense of belonging in an unprecedented way. While these are unexpected, urgent, and necessary institutional pivots, we remain firm in our commitment to making an IC education accessible and affordable.
Last week, we shared a message with you around the college’s fall opening plans, which contained very specific information about our phased move-in and our health, safety, and prevention measures. We understand that this is a year like no other, and in light of the decisions being made in response to this public health crisis, we understand that some students and families may have questions about the cost of education for the ’20-21 academic year.
The following decisions have been made to prioritize the value and impact of our students’ IC experiences in academic year ’20-21.