Baruch Forward: Spring 2021
October 28, 2020
On Monday, the CUNY Board of Trustees approved CUNY’s decision to “extend and continue the offering of online and distance learning instructional modality for the delivery of courses in degree and nondegree programs and the offering of remote support services for the Spring Semester 2021.” CUNY and the Board recognize that by reducing the density of individuals on campuses and continuing to offer classes and support services in a primarily online and remote format we can all better ensure the continued health, safety, and welfare of our students, faculty, and staff during the ongoing and unpredictable Covid-19 pandemic.
Let’s Discuss: Town Hall Tomorrow
As always, we have a lot to talk about. I hope you have already RSVP’d for our next Town Hall, scheduled for tomorrow, October 29, from 12:30–2 pm. I look forward to discussing Spring 2021 as well as the recommendations in the Phase 2 Report that I shared last week on behalf of the Task Force for the Future and results from the two staff surveys—“Staff Experience and Concerns” and “Staff Technology”—that we distributed as the academic year got underway.
Thank You for Continued Your Resilience
With CUNY and the Board of Trustees’ decision, we can better plan for spring and the months ahead. However, it is critical for us to remain nimble as Baruch—and indeed the nation—continues to respond to unpredictable times and rapidly evolving regulations. We don’t know the full extent of how spring and future terms will play out, but one thing is certain: the safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the highest priority for Baruch and CUNY and will be the key factor in determining the balance between in-person and remote learning and working.
I want to thank you for your continued strength, flexibility, and understanding. In addition to participating in the Town Hall, I also ask that you engage with me on Twitter @DavidWuBaruch, through my blog, and via email at President@baruch.cuny.edu. It is critical for me to hear from you as we move forward during these difficult times.
S. David Wu
President, Baruch College