Universities Consider Navigation During Pandemic

DELMARVA – In March 2020, students, professors and professors returned home for spring break, unaware that their lifestyle in higher education was about to change. “Things changed over Spring Break 2020 and it became clear that we were going to have to change the way we deliver our program,” Delaware State University spokesperson Carlos Holmes said.

We are told that universities only had two weeks to transition to a virtual learning landscape. However, institutions like DSU say they have been fortunate enough to already have a working digital platform. “I think we got the best possible results and I think other higher education institutions could learn from us,” says Holmes. He adds, “I think everyone pretty much understood the program.”

Holmes also tells us that once they realized the pandemic wasn’t going to end as quickly as they had hoped, they introduced a new system. A system that involved testing, contact tracing, vaccinations, and virtual learning. “It has put us in the best position to be able to operate this campus safely in the midst of the pandemic,” Holmes said. He adds, “Basically we’ve told them if they don’t get their booster injection they can’t be on campus, they’ll have to figure out how to take their classes virtually.

With a DSU positivity rate of less than 1%, we’re told their virtual and medical system seems to be doing the job, but they still have a long way to go before the pandemic is over. “We just have to keep our foot on the accelerator to do the right thing,” says Holmes.

While some universities like DSU have a head start in the virtual learning process, other institutions have had to create a whole new teaching landscape. “We were using technology that many faculty members had never used before,” says Salisbury University President Charles Wight. He adds, “Faculty members and students had to learn new ways of teaching, new ways of learning and it changed the whole landscape. “

Close. Wight says 47 ABC, like other universities, faced many challenges in finding ways to adapt. He says they even suffered budget cuts. “We have seen some pretty severe budget cuts over the past two years, which means there are a lot of openings at Salisbury University.”

However, the meadows. Wight says there are positives to going virtual. “It provides an opportunity to be flexible and to adapt to things like omicron that will come our way in the future.” He adds: “This is an opportunity for people from far away to access higher education at Salisbury University.

President Wight says that while they keep an eye on the current wave, he, his seagulls and other universities will only grow from this pandemic. “My personal hope for our students is that this experience teaches them to be resilient,” says Pres. Wight. He adds, “Life is going to throw curve balls at us for the rest of our lives.”

DSU and SU tell us the rest of the semester should be in person, but they continue to take advice from medical experts.