PNCA: COVID-19 & Equity
PNCA faculty and staff have prepared tirelessly for the Fall 2020 semester and in doing so have designed a new hybrid model that offers students the ability to choose the type of educational model that works best for them.
This new model is intended to make access during the COVID-19 epidemic equitable and fair, especially for Black students, Indigenous students, students of color, and students who have been historically, structurally, and systemically excluded from higher ed and art and design education. Our goal is to ensure that all students have maximum access to a PNCA education while maintaining the core transformative experience of a sense of belonging in a learning and teaching environment.
We know that providing a top-tier creative education centers around equity and flexibility. Students can choose the type of class they’re signing up for and its instructional delivery model whether remote or in-person. If a class students want or need for graduation isn’t the type of engagement they’d like, we’ll make sure to waive any requirements and substitute them with ones that are more appropriate for that student to make sure they stay on track towards completion of their program and graduation.
PNCA’s hybrid model accounts for a variety of learning styles, including neurodiverse students, and makes space for people with various life circumstances and physical abilities. It functions in situations where everybody is together in real-time and in situations where people are participating on their own time and from their own space.
Beyond making the process of accessing a PNCA education fair and timely, we’re also keeping anti-racism in mind during current school-wide work to decolonize our curriculum. We have heard very clearly that we are not yet meeting the needs of our Black students, our Indigenous students, and our students of color. Now, faculty are holding each other accountable to create new curriculum with them in mind for this fall semester and beyond. In some cases, this will involve updating existing curriculum through an anti-racist and critical pedagogy lens, while in other cases we’ll be offering new courses that haven’t existed at PNCA before. For more information about PNCA’s hybrid approach this fall, click here!