Preparing for Fall 2021: An Update

Alberta is encouraging all post-secondary institutions to prepare for a full return to on-campus learning this Fall. The U of A will continue to prioritize health and safety as we plan.


This afternoon, heartened by the recent quick progress of Alberta’s vaccine program, Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides encouraged all post-secondary institutions in the province to prepare for a full return to on-campus learning this Fall.

As Provost Dew shared earlier, U of A planning is already well underway to welcome our community back in September. Our 2021-22 planning groups will work under the guidance of Advanced Education, Alberta Health, the chief medical officer of health, and Alberta Health Services as we ramp up for the safe return of our community to our campuses.

We will continue to prioritize your health and safety as we plan and make adjustments this year. Recognizing that not everyone may be able to fully return by September, please be assured virtual support and remote options will also continue to be available wherever possible. 

Our planning and support teams will be hard at work to address the full details over the coming weeks and months. Continue to watch for updates as more Fall 2021 information becomes available, including the delivery methods for our courses, and future return dates for students, faculty, and staff. 

My thanks to all of you for demonstrating resilience, creativity, and above all, care for one another as we move forward together,

Bill Flanagan
President and Vice-chancellor