Help us Build the Covid 19 Challenges List!
Given the speed of change of the Covid 19 pandemic, university leadership, faculty, staff and students have asked for a working list of the range of issues they have to handle. Below is what we have collected so far with resource links as we find them. We will continue to update the list through the crisis, so return regularly as you can.
We invite you to help us build this list. Add additional topics or resources (or suggestion revisions or identified) in the blog comment section. We will add them to the main list, and just keep going.
Emergency Aid Distribution
Uses of Part II
Across the community
Confidence building measures
Paid Sick Leave
Data analysis by groups
Transitioning Faculty to Remote, then On-Line Learning
Peer to Peer Training
Academic Continuity Committee
Targeting smartphones and asynchronous instruction for access
If required, allow faculty to choose not to include the remote evaluation in their file.
Tenure review clocks
Conference papers accepted but not presented (due to cancellations)
Refunds (tuition, fees)
Unexpected costs (e.g. on-line exam proctoring)
Keeping employees and student employees financially whole
Tracking Covid related costs separately from the regular budget items
Tuition and fees for the summer and fall terms
Governance (rapid decision making in a complex ecosystem)
Academic Continuity Teams
Partnering to Support Public Health and the Community
Staffing labs (e.g. using graduate students)
Working with Health Departments
3-D printing and manufacturing personal protective equipment
Supporting small business and local workers
Repopulating Campus (Fall Semester)
When and How
Testing (temperature, Covid 19, antibodies) and testing capacities
Social Distancing Protocols (classrooms, dining halls, labs, dorms, etc..)
Facilities (cleaning schedule, hand sanitizer availability)
Confidence building measures and communications
Faculty research interruption
Student research interruption
Funding access and flexibility
Access to Wifi, Data and Devices for on-line learning
Buying hotspots, tablets and computers to provide as loaners
Keeping access points like data labs open.
Wifi and data providers offering resources to support students, familie and communities
Students who can’t go home, lose their jobs or face food insecurity
Data and Equity impacts
Monitoring impacts, sub-dividing data to understand how different populations are being impacted
Grading and Assessment
Libraries and access to materials
Libraries closing (but some computer labs open to provide access).
Expanding e-resources (e-chat, library tools, working with providers to expand e-journal resources for a period of time).
Resource Article: Coronavirus and anxiety, depression and OCD
New Student Enrollment
Test Optional and impact of delayed ACT/SAT
Summer programs, orientation and admit days
Supporting students on-line
What else? Add it in the comments, and we will update this regularly.
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