Looking Ahead to Fall 2020
Now that Maymester is underway and our summer sessions will soon be starting, it’s time for us to look ahead to Fall 2020. KSU will continue to provide a world-class education to our undergraduate and graduate students this fall. It is our intent to meet this mission by welcoming students back on campus this fall, while continuing to keep the health and safety of the entire KSU community as our number one priority.
In April, I launched a Presidential Task Force to begin the important work of assessing what will be needed to safely and effectively educate our students. Because there is so much that we cannot predict right now, the task force teams are pursuing solutions for multiple scenarios by seeking consultation from internal stakeholders as well as public health expertise through the Georgia Department of Public Health. The seven teams that compose this Presidential Task Force include:
Academics – Chair: Kathy Schwaig, Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs
Student Experience – Chair: Eric Arneson, VP for Student Affairs
Campus Operations – Chair: Tricia Chastain, VP for Administration
Technology – Chair: Jeff Delaney, VP and Chief Information Officer
Fiscal Affairs – Chair: Aaron Howell, VP for Finance
Enrollment – Chair: Brenda Stopher, VP for Enrollment Services
Research – Chair: Phaedra Corso, VP for Research
We have much to learn in the coming weeks and months that will determine the details of campus operations in the fall. In the meantime, Kennesaw State is awaiting word from the University System of Georgia regarding when we can slowly begin to bring staff members back to campus this summer. Even though we do not yet have a date for staff members to return, each unit on campus has developed detailed plans for staff return over the summer that will be slow, staggered and safe.
Meanwhile, I want to encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19. The Georgia National Guard continues to operate a drive-thru testing site located at the Central Parking Deck on the Kennesaw Campus, where the campus community can have a test performed between 8am and noon, seven days a week with no appointment necessary.
We will all need to work in tandem to achieve a successful return to work this summer, as well as bringing students back into the classroom in the future. It will be wonderful to see you all on campus again – with safety and well-being as our top priorities during this process.