We understand this is a stressful time for a lot of families, and you may have concerns about the completion of the academic year and students' ability to receive their Saint Louis University college credit from the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program. We are here to assure you that SLU supports you during this time and that students will be eligible to still receive their SLU 1818 college credits.
Below you'll find information about technologies, resources and other items to assist with distance education during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 1818 Program has made investments this summer to ensure there is no disruption of class for students and to ensure faculty have resources to effectively teach online if necessary. Some of these improvements include:
- Invested in making SLU's learning management system (LMS), Canvas, available to schools to use to manage their 1818 course if they do not have an LMS of their own.
- Provided training on effective online and distance education at the Summer Symposium through SLU's experts in the Distance Education Office.
- Invested in Zoom academic licenses for instructors to utilize to conduct class and meetings online.
- Increased coordination with SLU faculty liaisons to advise regarding teaching the course online.
- Expanded remote access to students to utilize SLU library databases for their coursework.
- Invested in Pearson Smart Thinking in order to provide online tutor support.
Email remains our primary method of communicating updates. If you are not getting you email updates, please email email@example.com to request for us to investigate the issue.
Saint Louis University is dedicated to ensuring that partners have access to resources to make their class comparable to a University experience.
The 1818 Program has deployed the following resources to school and instructors to assist them during the time:
- Zoom Web Conferencing
- Skype for Business
- Google Applications
- Microsoft Office 365
- Remote Library Database access
In addition, the 1818 Program understands not all schools and students have access to online resources. Therefore, the 1818 Program has also provided support to schools for printed materials to be distributed during the closures.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, Saint Louis University and the 1818 Program made the following policy changes during the pandemic to best serve the 1818 community:
- Grading: The 1818 Program requires that students receive a letter final grade for their work on an official University transcript. Due to transfer considerations and effects of pass/fail, Saint Louis University will not consider pass/fail options for 1818 students. Students will receive a letter grade based upon the course syllabus and University grading scale.
- Reinstatement Fee Waived: Understanding the economic impact of COVID-19 on families, the University has approved that any course reinstatement for the prior semester will not be assessed the additional $50 reinstatement fee. Students may petition, due to financial reasons, to reinstate into select coursework.
- Science Lab Credit Suspended: Saint Louis University believes in ensuring a rigorous college academic experience. COVID-19 has forced many partner institutions to rely on online education to facilitate all or part of the academic year. The Academic Deans and Chairs of Saint Louis University have enacted a policy that no science lab credit may be offered if a course is online. The 1818 Program has adopted the policy and has suspended all science lab credit for the Fall 2020 semester. This policy and accommodations for students wishing to get lab credit will be assessed for Spring 2021.
- Online Learning Options: We have encouraged our faculty to remain as flexible as possible in their course delivery. Therefore, faculty have been encouraged to conduct their courses asynchronously for the remainder of the semester. This means that the instructor and the students do not meet simultaneously. However, students and instructors will interact regularly, and students are required to complete coursework at set intervals, including participating in-class activities, online discussions/chats, group projects, quizzes, exams, etc. We understand many faculty members have decided to conduct their courses synchronously. In these cases, faculty members must hold class during their regularly-scheduled class meeting time to avoid conflicts. A reminder that 1818 adjunct faculty members have the right to amend their syllabus as necessary throughout the semester. Due to the unfolding situation, please be aware that your instructor may make changes to adapt to online/remote work. Please be sure to remain in contact with your instructor and review any updated syllabi.
The Pius XII Memorial Library at Saint Louis University is a key resource for 1818 instructors and students. The staff provides meaningful instruction, research help and opportunities to engage in college-level curricular excellence and research.
1818 Librarian for Students and Instructors
Ms. Lori Kupsky
In-person access during COVID-19: SLU libraries will be operating at a limited person capacity due to CDC, state and city guidelines for social distancing. Therefore, 1818 students may utilize the in-person library resources including computer labs and library book rentals, but groups larger than 10 people are not allowed. Any campus visitors must wear a face mask at all time and are limited to checking out four books at a time. In-person visits may be suspended at any time due to the changing nature of COVID-19.
Below we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions. This page will be actively updated to address concerns as they arise.
The 1818 Program will be hosting virtual parent information sessions at the following times. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting information.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6-7 p.m. CDT
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 7-8 p.m. CDT
Thursday, Sept. 24, 6-7 p.m. CDT
Our phones are still operating, but due to high volume, we highly recommend you email email@example.com.
We are aware that some parents may not feel confident in sending their students back to their classrooms and may choose to home school over formal education.
The 1818 Program is reviewing the potential for this and exploring the option of offering online courses directly from the University that the student could take for credit.
Students who home school may also take advantage of the Visiting Young Scholars Program, which places students in university undergraduate courses with full time college students at a reduced tuition rate.
Our new simplified payment system is now live, and our website has been updated.
- Students do not need to login through mySLU anymore. They simply need their Banner ID and tuition amount to make a payment.
- Multiple payments may be made before the tuition deadline as long as it is paid off in full before the drop date.
Families may email firstname.lastname@example.org if they do not know the Banner ID or tuition amount. We strongly encourage online payments, however, if you have issues mailed checks will be accepted but delayed in processing.
Saint Louis University is committed to ensuring our 1818 families are able to complete the course and receive SLU college credit. We are actively working with our 1818 instructors and schools regarding expectations, resources and ways to ensure students are still receiving the rigorous education they expect from SLU.
Please be assured that you will be able to receive credit and that we are in continuous communication with our partners. We appreciate your understanding and encourage you to check your email for updates as the situation continues to unfold.
Saint Louis University students will continue to get a quality education only in a different method. There are expanded services to facilitate virtual learning. This mode of learning is a great training for future employment and engagement with a global workforce. At this time, University leadership has not adjusted tuition rates.
Students enrolled in the 1818 Advanced College Credit Program are classified as Saint Louis University students. Therefore, it is important for students to remember that they are college students and are being held to the expectations of a college student.
It is the program's expectation that students remain attentive and responsive to instructions provided by their 1818 adjunct faculty and their institutions.
Students are expected to continue to make progress on mastering the course learning outcomes through remote/distant education as outlined by their schools and instructors.
Some states have mandated students cannot be assessed during the closure period for now. In that regard, SLU is not requiring 1818 adjuncts to assess student work, however, we encourage students and faculty to continue to provide learning opportunities.
No state has made this decision yet.
If high schools are forced or choose to end the school year early, Saint Louis University expects for the college course to continue remotely. The course may be abbreviated as long as the learning outcomes have been accomplished.
Grading for the course may be different than the high school grade as the University officially has moved all courses to be online/remote and therefore the college grade may require additional assignments that the high school does not require.
Instructors have the right to adapt the course and end the college course early if learning outcomes have been met.
No state has suspended dual-credit offerings at this time. The SLU 1818 course should continue online/remotely. Instructors may adapt their course, but students will be held responsible for content, assessed and graded.
The University community is monitoring the situations and are in full conversation regarding attempts to move forward.
For Fall 2020, the 1818 Program has suspended the $50 reinstatement fee due to concerns surrounding the economic impact of COVID-19. The 1818 Program will also be flexible in regards to which courses families wish to reinstate if there is a financial burden due to COVID-19.