Colleges Preparing for Fall 2020 (4/29/20)

R. Blank

April 29, 2020: “[UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca] Blank said … that students may be split on their preference for class delivery in the fall, with some unable or unwilling to attend classes on campus and others wanting to be taught in a physical classroom. The university is preparing for the possibility of delivering some classes in both learning formats. But one implication of the massive amount of work involved in executing both modes of delivery would be a smaller course curriculum than UW-Madison has offered in the past.” -Kelly Meyerhofer, Wisconsin State Journal.

S. Green

April 28, 2020: “According to Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species,’ it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives, it is not the strongest that survives, but the species that survives is the one that is able best to adapt and adjust to the changing environment in which it finds itself.” – Sha-Rhonda Green, University of Alabama.

April 28, 2020: In a tweet, Sierra College, a community college located outside Sacramento, said it is planning to stay online come fall to keep students and staff safe. The college made the decision early so faculty could better prepare to continue online learning. If the novel coronavirus surges in the fall, as many researchers have said is a possibility, students will not have to once again quickly transition to online learning, the college said. Sierra intends to find alternatives like hybrid learning for courses that cannot be fully remote. -Madeline St. Amour​, Inside Higher Ed.


April 28, 2020: Kelli Armstrong, president of Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island: “If the crisis has not simmered by late August or September, but it is safe to return to campus, Salve Regina may create quarantine housing for sick students, use fever gauges at the entrances of classrooms, or consider other measures. But these solutions are not fail-proof. Temperature screenings are only partially effective because they can’t detect asymptomatic carriers — people who don’t get sick but can still spread the virus. Screening tests can also deliver false positives or negatives, potentially sending sick people into spaces where others are healthy.” -Evan Thompson, The Best Schools.

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