Reopening College Campuses During COVID-19

​​This podcast is a short series focused on reopening college campuses this fall as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in many regions of the country. Hosts Philip Rogers and Sherri Hughes talk with college presidents and chancellors and other members of the higher education community about how to ensure campuses are safe and workable for students—or about making the decision to remain all-online. They unpack monitoring, testing, tracing, cleaning, teaching and learning, responding to the needs of faculty and staff, intercollegiate athletics—and the all-important question of how you get students to social distance in dorms, at parties, and everywhere they go.  

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Part 1: Crystal Watson and David Long

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security explores how new policy approaches, scientific advances, and technological innovations can strengthen health security and save lives. JHU senior scholar Crystal Watson and David Long, founder and managing partner for Tuscany Strategy, discuss how they partnered to design a free toolkit to help institutions manage their campus during COVID-19, including how to safely reopen.

Part 2: Timothy White, Chancellor of the California State University System​​​​​

Cal State—the largest university system in the country with 480,000 students—was the first institution to announce it would be holding all classes online during the 2020 fall semester. Chancellor Timothy White talks about the rationale behind this decision, along with what the university is doing to support students, faculty, and staff, and how they plan to make sure students have a vibrant and engaging educational experience despite the distance.

Part 3: North Carolina State University Chancellor Randy Woodson

Randy Woodson talks with hosts Philip Rogers and Sherri Hughes about protecting the health and safety of the "Pack"—the top priority for NC State as it moves into the fall semester. Among his advice for fellow higher ed leaders: use your institution's values to guide your actions, make the best decisions you can at the time, then pivot when needed.

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