A Message From the President
President Susan Engelkemeyer, Ph.D on May 7, 2020
Dear Nichols College Families,
We have completed another successful academic year in spite of the challenges we all faced from COVID-19. While radically different than what any of us expected, this semester has provided lessons in patience, perseverance, and planning in the face of uncertainty.
We are now shifting our attention to what the college experience will look like this fall. While uncertainties remain, our plan is to return to in-person classroom instruction and on-campus activities this fall. I am delighted to tell you that returning students have registered for fall classes at an even greater proportion than last year. Regardless of the setting, we are prepared and committed to offering the entire academic fall course schedule. Yet, many issues need to be resolved before we can make that happen. One major influence on our fall semester will be any requirements or guidelines that emerge from Governor Baker’s Reopening Task Force. Those will be communicated by May 18, and we are fairly certain they will contain details on COVID-19 screening and quarantining capabilities as well as personal protection practices.
Thanks to the flexibility of our students, and the dedication of our faculty and staff to make the rapid pivot to synchronous online course delivery, we were able to continue to offer strong academic experiences and a high level of student services in the spring semester. That nimbleness and commitment to excellence will guide us in our planning for the fall. Members of our leadership team are developing a comprehensive plan for resuming campus operations and classes for the fall semester. We are also examining the range of options and contingencies for the immediate, short, and longer term as we continue to build the Nichols College of the future, with the benefit of lessons learned from the COVID-19 crisis.
I am sure you and your student have many questions. We will have additional information to share with you in the coming weeks. This information will include greater detail on our protocols, processes and response mechanisms to promote a safe on-campus environment for all our students – both in the classroom and in residential life – as well as how we will maintain our quality academic standards and experiences. We will get through these uncertain and challenging times, and we will be a stronger community as a result.
In the meantime, we wish you well and look forward to seeing your student back on the Hill soon.
Take Care and Stay Healthy,
Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D.