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From The Chronicle: 'I Don't Trust My University.' Readers Share Their Fears of Returning to Campus in the Fall.

  • 1.  From The Chronicle: 'I Don't Trust My University.' Readers Share Their Fears of Returning to Campus in the Fall.

    Tummler
    Posted 05-13-2020 08:12
    Interesting article in The Chronicle of Higher Education about a survey asking readers how they felt about plans for the Fall semester.
    https://www.chronicle.com/article/I-Don-t-Trust-My/248758?utm_source=Iterable&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=campaign_1212039&cid=db&source=ams&sourceId=5086547

    The story also contains a link to a database of Fall semester plans by institution.
    https://www.chronicle.com/article/Here-s-a-List-of-Colleges-/248626?cid=RCPACKAGE

    70% are planning on reopening in-person. Does that seem realistic? What kinds of contingency plans are your institutions making? What sort of support will we need to make this happen?

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    Chuck Kalish
    SRCD
    Washington DC
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  • 2.  RE: From The Chronicle: 'I Don't Trust My University.' Readers Share Their Fears of Returning to Campus in the Fall.

    Posted 05-15-2020 20:10
    I am so conflicted about this. I believe we should be in person if we can be, but I also believe we should take steps to protect each other. The challenges to large institutions are so much more significant than those to smaller schools. As the parent of a student who will start his first year of college in the fall, I hope that his institution (Reed) has at least part of the term in-person, as I think it will be important for my child's transition to college. But, I also hope that all institutions will do what will keep faculty and students safe.

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    Lisa Oakes
    UC Davis
    Davis CA
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  • 3.  RE: From The Chronicle: 'I Don't Trust My University.' Readers Share Their Fears of Returning to Campus in the Fall.

    Tummler
    Posted 05-18-2020 09:21

    Hi Lisa,

    This question of how much risk is acceptable is a really tricky one. One thing I know administrators are talking about: What will kids do if they are NOT on campus? Can we really expect 18-21 yr-olds to maintain social distance? Being on campus is likely more risky, but how much more.

     

    What about the risk to professors? I've heard about schools considering putting plexiglass shields between faculty and students. Or having students in class but professors remote!

     

    (ps. My daughter graduated Reed a few years ago. Portland is a great place to visit)

     

    _Chuck

     

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