Ball State plans to reopen in Fall May 1, 2020 7:36:59 GMT -6
Post by 00hmh on May 1, 2020 7:36:59 GMT -6
It would appear that BSU plans some kind of reopening. The operational details are not clear. There is a BSU task force at work to advise the President. Of course that means either he has told the task force what he wants or is otherwise communicating it to the, or that the President will make the decision pretty much ignoring any task force preference, but take some of the things he likes that the task force recommends to heart and assert this was a decision with wide input.
There appear to be 3 basic choices. Online only, hybrid with a lot of online with campus open more or less as usual, or hybrid with class meetings drastically changed. All options probably will mean faculty and staff are cut and work load increased for everyone. Plans are being made at the Department level in light of a hiring freeze and requests from above how to handle a normal enrollment with fewer faculty.
Hybrid means some classes entirely on line and some classes part on line, for example lecture on line for 2 hours a week with class meetings for live interaction. Perhaps 3 sessions a week with 1/3 of the normal number of students.
The contingency of opening requires safety measures such as much increased cleaning, facilities created for quarantine, frequent testing, contact tracing and requiring masks and so on. To allow social distancing seems to me to mean classes must be covered with extra class sections assigned to faculty (little or no extra pay of course required) or extra class time required to spread out classes assigned to faculty.
Mitch in other statements seems to suggest he will in some ways wall off campus from the outside world, cut the time spent on campus by compressing the semester. That doesn't seem to be easily done and I don't see that part of BSU or IU plans, but we have not seen anything definite from anybody.
Tentative and vague measures without much scientific assurance of effectiveness. But safer than normal operation.
No discussion I can find addresses the additional risk to each other and the surrounding community of student population shopping, dining and drinking. Or of how safety measures can be taken in crowded off campus housing or for that matter on campus dorms with many crowded hallways and shared areas.
All the universities need to make a call before they really know as much as they need to. Like businesses everywhere they are anxious to resume operation in order to stay afloat.
Universities across the country are attempting to reassure students and encourage them to plan on enrolling in the Fall.
Currently about 40% of those admitted to universities have not produced their deposit and the usual deadline in May for doing so is being extended. Many are offering tuition reduction and tuition deferral to encourage student to commit to school