What we know about Michigan college plans in fall amid coronavirus

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Michigan colleges and universities are considering a variety of plans for the fall semester in response to the pandemic. Here’s a list of schools that have finalized plans. (Shutterstock)

With the coronavirus pandemic ongoing, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what life (and education) will look like on Michigan’s college campuses in September. In the coming months, the state’s public universities, private colleges and community colleges will unveil plans for their fall semesters.

We’ll update this list as schools announce their plans. You can share information about college plans at rfrench@bridgemi.com.

 

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zooman
Wed, 05/06/2020 - 9:00am

While it is not unreasonable for UP universities to announce they plan to hold in-person classes, it is too early, far too early, for Grand Valley to make such a definitive call. It would be interesting for Bridge to look into the internal discussion that led to this decision.

Mark from Detro...
Wed, 05/13/2020 - 7:00am

Stop the hysteria. The risk of dying from the coronavirus has been and remains low. Safe Common Sense Practices, not Shutdown, no masks, The majority of deaths are occurring will be with the median age in the mid 80s and the average age of near 80.

Should we have paused for 2 Weeks to be made aware and to slow the spread?...Yes, but then move on with Risks in Life. Protect the vulnerable, target the Nursing and Senior Care Centers. We have now created an unsurmountable Fear factor for healthy active Americans that has destroyed lives and created an economy that shut down thousands of businesses for good. The real data has never suggested shutting the American economy. Now we see another example of academic/theoretical Modelling whether it is medical, economics, climate change....cannot be the driving force of decisions. General population wearing masks is ludicrous, it provides no net benefit. Safe common sense practices of individual hygiene, common courtesy of sneezing/coughing in one's elbow or handkerchief, washing hands regularly. That is the cure.
Just think of those that have stayed home for the past months, the first time they will be at a store and someone sneezes, they will be horrified....all for what?! Lives and our culture has been ruined thanks to Democrats. This is no different than those cities that have banned Pop and other Sugar drinks or have taxed those products to the point of not affording them all in the name that it is not good for your health. Freedom is being torn fabric, by fabric.

TJH
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 9:34am

Wearing masks, if everyone wears one in public, most definitely is not ludicrous. In fact it is essential and highly effective in reducing the likelihood of people becoming infected with COVID-19 by coming in contact with virus carriers who are asymptomatic. If everyone, asymptomatic carriers as well as those not infected, wear masks in public, the rate of transmission decreases to 1.5%. If everyone doesn't wear masks in public, however, those who do wear them are only slightly less likely to be infected when they encounter asymptomatic carriers.

Our success against this virus and our health depends upon everyone making the sacrifices necessary to protect themselves and their fellow citizens. That many people are totally unwilling to make that commitment and sacrifice is evidence of a much greater problem with our society. I wonder how future generations will view this moment in history. It is unlikely that history will label us as the second Greatest Generation.

Such a mess
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 2:11pm

TJH, I couldn't agree more to everything you posted. Another concern would be how dumb college students can be. When I was in college there was a chicken pox outbreak and students in the dorms were purposely infecting other students to get out of taking final exams. Stupid is as stupid does.-- Forrest Gump

We see that with the protesters, not because they are protesting, but because they refuse to be cautious.

Why
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 2:02pm

Why does the US have more deaths than any other country?

duane
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 1:08pm

zooman,
You seem like our Governor, you seem to see Grand Rapids as if it is the same as Detroit. There is a reason the infection rate and deaths are less in Grand Rapids because it is different, the local culture/practices are different and that should be reflected in how they are allowed to address local health and safety.
Why would you like to hear hear Grand Valley internal discussions and not Detroit's?

Metro Mom Oakla...
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 2:20pm

Don't students from Metro Detroit and all over the world attend Grand Valley? Won't those students be traveling back and forth? Shouldn't you assure the parents of the students attending Grand Valley that they will be safe? Same questions apply to colleges and universities across the state. As a parent, you people who refuse to wear masks, are against testing and vaccines, and rant about there will be lives sacrificed scare the hell out of me, for my students and my extended family. If you grow up and set forth more mature discussion, we could all get back to something more "normal".

Math Sux
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:51pm

Life isn't safe...get over yourself.

duane
Mon, 05/18/2020 - 1:37pm

If we look at the testing from Detroit compared to Grand Rapids, we should hope that the local GVSU culture/practices will have a strong influence on students and lessen the contacts with the virus.
I agree that what we saw growling up is most likely to be what we do in the future, but peers added impact [especially while the brain is still developing and is more receptive] on local influences. There is a point in time when the students are considered adults and they have to be responsible for their actions/consequences.

Michael Kiella, PhD
Wed, 05/06/2020 - 12:37pm

This article is missing both the criteria upon which these decisions were made, and the evidence advanced to support each of the criteria.

It seems fair to establish how comprehensively the criteria were analyzed for any of the reported outcomes: here are the dimensions of merit; here are the influencing data for each.

I believe readers, students, and parents would be well served if this information were obtained for a prompt follow-up story.

Deeply saddened
Fri, 05/15/2020 - 2:00pm

I am very depressed because everyone seems to think these problems are jokes. The government money has stopped and now the market will tank again. All this is happening even before the covid cases will spike again this summer. Winter, when we have both covid and a new seasonal flu or strand, will be disastrous. If everyone would band together as Americans and show responsibility, we could beat this virus, save lives, and have a great economy. I realize that's not likely, so I'm depressed again. I felt good when it looked like Trump was taking this seriously and surrounded himself with reputable epidemiologists, but now he seems to hold disdain for them and only interested in politicking. The covid and circumstances don't bother me, but our current attitudes as a country, at least the squeakiest wheels are so depressing.

Tracy Davis
Sun, 05/17/2020 - 10:06pm

.04 percent of people that are KNOWN to have the virus have died from something while carrying the virus in their body. That is 4 out of 1,000, and doesn't include people that had carried the virus without symptoms. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that living in fear will likely make you an angry and bitter person. Based on your post, I think are already there.