The University System of New Hampshire (USNH), which includes Plymouth State University, announced on Friday, May 8, that it intends to welcome students back to campuses for the fall term. The system as a whole is working closely with state leaders and health professionals to support a safe return, and each individual institution is planning for a range of scenarios.
“We hope to return to on-campus learning this fall, and are also working to provide hybrid delivery that will include both on-campus and remote formats, so that no matter what happens during the year your education can continue on pace,” says President Donald Birx. “In the meantime, we are upgrading our online delivery in case that option is needed. This includes installation of new interactive technology in campus classrooms and additional advanced tools for teaching and learning.”
Plymouth State is working hard to prepare for students’ return and has formed a Fall Opening Task Force with involvement and representation from across campus. This group, led by Vice President for Communication, Enrollment & Student Life Marlin Collingwood, is comprised of 11 teams that are considering every aspect of opening, from academics and logistics to health and safety. Student input will be sought and incorporated into the process, and the University will provide regular updates over the summer as decisions are reached regarding when students can return to campus, when and by what methods classes will be conducted, and other important information.
“The USNH announcement is an important step forward,” says President Birx. “New Hampshire’s leadership is planning to reopen the state’s public higher education colleges and universities to students this fall, and we are making strategic investments that will improve critical technology and support capabilities. We will keep students, their families, and other members of the PSU community informed as this process unfolds.
“Plymouth State University is a family, and our community is a strong one. We will continue to reach out to both new and returning students over the summer and University offices are open and ready to assist with any concerns.”