KSU to Return to Normal Operations in Fall 2021


It has been one full year since the COVID-19 pandemic changed our lives. We have learned a lot in the past year, most importantly that our community is strong, resilient and that by working together, we can accomplish great things.

From the outset, our faculty have demonstrated their dedication to providing our students with a world-class education by quickly and creatively implementing remote and hybrid instruction. Our staff showed their commitment by tackling the day-to-day needs of the University and ensuring that the resources needed by the campus community were accessible and effective. And, of course, our students responded to these unprecedented challenges with perseverance and the determination that defines what it means to be an Owl.

Looking ahead to summer, KSU will continue to offer more in-person courses for students looking to get ahead, as well as the full complement of online offerings for summer terms.

For Fall 2021, we are fully committed to a return to normal operations for academic classes, on-campus residential life, athletics and the face-to-face engagement students can count on as a part of their college experience. As has been the case for the last year, the safety of our community is our number one priority, so we will continue to monitor developments and follow the health and safety guidelines set forth by the University System of Georgia, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health.

We have launched an array of strategic planning activities to successfully transition back to a fully operational Fall 2021 semester. Our COVID planning task force teams have now been repurposed to post-pandemic planning teams to prepare us to be an even stronger university. We are assessing a broad array of issues to determine new opportunities for enhanced services and educational outcomes through some of the solutions we implemented for COVID. We are also assessing actions necessary to return to safe, productive and vigorous campuses. Provost Kathy Schwaig and VP for Operations Tricia Chastain will be hosting a series of campus-wide virtual meetings so you can share your ideas for our successful transition to Fall 2021.

There is one thing we can all do now to ensure a complete return to normal operations in the fall. We need to continue to combat the virus with masks and social distancing. And, we need to take our place in line when it is our turn to receive a vaccine.

It has been a long journey, but the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter each day. I am looking forward to the day when we celebrate our return to normalcy and our KSU masks can become collector’s items.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten