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The committee should consider the implications of a situation in which we need all or most of our classes online in the fall semester, and possibly the spring semester as well, and under that scenario make recommendations to the president about the following questions, not later than June 15. They should also provide intermediate updates to the cabinet every other week.
- Should we attempt to offer all classes online, or only a restricted subset of them? If so, how would we make these decisions: as one example, would it make sense to start upper-level classes in the fall, and then defer freshmen to start in January?
- Would we work with faculty over the summer to enhance the quality of their offerings further or assume that faculty, having had the experience of the current semester, can do this on their own?
- Would we pay faculty for the extra work of converting their classes to online format over the summer?
- Would we temporarily eliminate large classes? (There has been some discussion that very large classes are especially ineffective in the current online format?)
- Would we make spring and summer offerings more robust for 2021 and beyond?
- What are the ADA issues we’d need to address?
- How would we handle technology issues? What have we learned from the current experience? For example: what do we do about students who are in very different time zones? What do we do about students who do not have reliable access to wifi? What do we do about students in China who may have VPN issues? What other issues have arisen or might arise?
- What would we offer to students outside of their online classes? Would there be any attempt at virtual co-curricular offerings? Would we continue to provide telehealth services? And if so, how would this be factored in tuition and fees? (If the students are not on campus, it seems unlikely that they will be willing to pay fees, but if they’re not paying fees we can’t provide things like health services.)
- What other changes would we implement, e.g., any changes to grading policies?
- Would it be feasible to have some students on campus, and others taking classes online? Would they be in the same classes?
- What are the financial implications? This should include a consideration of whether tuition levels should be changed.