Dear Southern Colleagues,
As we continue to seek the return of "normality" in our lives, the coronavirus, unfortunately, continues to heavily impact our education system.
While we had hopes that the pandemic would pass quickly, the models demonstrated it would take longer. It is difficult to predict when we will return to campus but it has become clear that we'll need to move all of Summer Session A into a remote education experience.
It could very well be -- in fact, bordering on likely -- that Session B (and thus the second half of Session A/B) will also have to be offered as a remote learning experience for our students.
The hoped-for "flattening of the curve” and resultant decline of the virus will be monitored and help us determine our direction with Summer Session B. We will certainly make that decision based on the most accurate data and, as needed, err on the side of best ensuring our collective health.
Because we remain uncertain about Session B, we must be ready to pivot for that session and be prepared to offer courses remotely that were otherwise planned for a face-to-face format.
Given the current “social distancing” requirements, individual programs requiring "on-ground" clinicals or internships in the summer will need creative approaches to help our students to continue to progress in their programs.
Please be sure to work with Deans and Directors who oversee these programs and check with accreditation agencies as necessary (many are offering flexibility in requirements). We hope to have some clarity on Summer Session B in two or three weeks.
Your thoughts on how we can best support our students’ education (and each other) through innovative approaches to pedagogy are always welcome, but particularly so during these difficult times. And please, take care of yourselves.
Robert S. Prezant, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs