COM Announces Plans for Summer and Fall 2021

KENTFIELD / NOVATO, CA—College of Marin (COM) is making final adjustments to summer and fall 2021 course offerings in accordance with state and county public health and safety guidelines applying to higher education. Most summer term courses will be offered exclusively online as College faculty, classified professionals, and administrators prepare to increase in-person instruction for the fall semester. To ensure safe and supportive learning experiences, the fall semester will include fully online courses as well as hybrid courses. (Hybrid courses include both on-campus and online instruction.) 

Students, employees, and all campus visitors are required to follow COM’s policies and procedures, including symptom screening prior to arriving on campus, and facial covering and physical distancing requirements. Work continues to assess and modify College facilities to create a safe, in-person learning environment.

Registration for both summer and fall semesters begins April 26, with specific dates depending on a student’s enrollment priority status. Continuing students can check their priority date in the MyCOM Portal. Prospective and continuing students can upgrade their priority registration dates by completing the steps for matriculation and meeting with an academic counselor to develop a Student Educational Plan.

The summer and fall schedule of classes is available online. Summer classes start June 14; the fall semester begins with Saturday classes on August 21 and weekday classes starting August 23. Students should keep in mind that plans for the upcoming semesters may change depending on public health guidelines.

“While we realize that great strides have been made in the county’s reopening process, our campus community and the populations we serve are better able to plan their individual schedules when the College provides a level of certainty in its planning,” says Superintendent/President David Wain Coon. “We are being deliberate in our efforts to provide the certainty and support our students need to be successful in a constantly evolving situation.”

Major changes to the schedule, such as changing a class that was hybrid to a fully in-person class once students have registered can have a domino effect on things like work schedules, child care, and transportation that create barriers to completion.

In the meantime, COM is focusing on expanding support services for students in planning for a safe reopening of its campuses.