Message from Provost Stevens - Updates
- Cheryl Stevens
- Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
As I reflect on this unusual semester and all that our faculty, staff, and students have navigated, I am reminded of many challenges but, more importantly, I am reminded of the successes. Together, our faculty and students have done amazing things this semester and will forever be connected by this experience. This makes it more important than ever to celebrate all that has been accomplished - especially for May graduates! I have been impressed by the creativity of faculty and families in how they express their pride, affection, and love for our students through socially distanced and innovative celebrations. Some examples are:
Celebratory photos on social media
Gift or card showers for our graduates
Zoom parties with refreshments
Zoom awards ceremonies complete with speakers
Zoom concerts to celebrate our musicians
Congratulatory yard signs
Graduation photos on our beautiful campus
I encourage you to borrow these ideas or others to celebrate with your students in whatever ways work for you. While celebrating student success is invaluable, please keep in mind that we still have a couple of weeks and a final exam period left in this semester. As we approach this final but critical period of the semester, please keep in mind our goals - flexibility, student success/learning, and completion. Many students are still struggling and need continued support to be successful.
As we consider what’s next, we are aware that many universities are unveiling their plans on how they will restart their campuses in the Fall 2020 semester. Further, we have seen many campus emails detailing the budgetary responses to COVID-19 including some from universities in Kentucky. For WKU, the budgetary impact will largely depend on the Kentucky appropriation to higher education and student enrollment. Rather than react to what other campuses are planning, we are strategically thinking through some reasonable scenarios for a Fall 2020 WKU restart and considering financial implications and plans to navigate them. Three WKU restart committees and the Budget Executive Committee have begun this work. As soon as a framework is ready, it will be shared with campus constituencies.
Thank you for your commitment and hard work this semester. Stay healthy and safe.
Cheryl L. Stevens, PhD
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Office: (270) 745-2297 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org