The current situation due to COVID-19 has forced many organizations to restructure the way they work. Due to lockdown in much of the world, many businesses and colleges have had to temporarily withdraw from distance learning and work. Big tech companies like Twitter have even continued to work remotely indefinitely, and now big academic institutions are raising it as well. The prestigious Harvard will allow its students to do the entire 2020-2021 school year remotely.
As announced by the institution, they have taken a series of measures for the next school year which begins in September 2020. These measures mainly concern limitations on campuses and security systems to prevent contagion massive COVID-19 among its students, professors and other members of the university.
From home and without reducing the cost of tuition
There is a particular difference between Harvard (or American universities in general) and the Spanish universities, for example, where the students reside. In the case of Harvard report that 98% of their university students live while at university on campus. This is why the first step they are taking is to reduce the availability of the campus to 40% of its capacity. In other words, only a maximum of 40% of all Harvard students will be able to attend college in person next year.
The university chooses to focus on students who have been with them the longest, those in fourth grade. This way, they will be able to complete their final work and complete the full four years with the experience of being at Harvard. For first year students entering this next school year, not yet having a network of friends and teachers at the university, they will choose to offer distance learning courses. With the corresponding resources so that distance education is not an obstacle.
They explain that beyond face-to-face or remote lessons, they do not change the study program at all and the evaluation of the academic year will be done as usual and without extraordinary exception due to the pandemic. In fact, the price of tuition does not change either, which remains for example for undergraduate degrees at nearly $ 50,000. Yes, it is a lower price due to the fact that you are not in person, but this reduction is due to the fact that it does not include room charges and other additional expenses which would make the final price at approx. $ 80,000.
This change at Hardvard is undoubtedly one of the most important in the historical academic institution. It is also likely that others follow this path and join the option of offering remotely throughout the next school year. Hardvard made it clear: “Without a vaccine and effective clinical treatments for the virus, we know that no option to reopen the campus is risk-free.”
Source : Engadget