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Fall 2020 Planning

Overview

Since early April 2020, many members of the TCNJ campus community have participated through a variety of entities in extensive discussion and planning for the coming academic year and beyond.

Five Readiness Task Forces will enable TCNJ to build on this existing analysis to finalize, coordinate, and execute action plans for safe and responsible operations. 

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Scenarios

There is much uncertainty around the course of the pandemic and what the government may mandate in response. For this reason, TCNJ is planning for two possible scenarios—face-to-face and remote educational experiences—for the fall with the ability to move between them as conditions allow or demand.

Assumptions

  1. On-campus education at TCNJ is the mode of delivery preferred by students, their families, faculty, staff, administrators, the Board of Trustees, and our community.
  2. TCNJ will operate on-campus instruction only if health and safety measures reduce the risk of exposure to a tolerable level.
  3. TCNJ will follow CDC guidelines and state of NJ executive orders in planning and action.
  4. Consistent with external directives and health metrics, TCNJ expects a phased return to campus for work, teaching, learning, and research.
  5. TCNJ will be ready for both face-to-face and remote learning in fall 2020, with potential to transition from one mode to the other if/when the need arises.
  6. TCNJ will operate in a financially responsible manner.

Guiding Principles to Restart Campus Activities

  1. The health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors and neighbors will be the top priority in our decisions and actions.
  2. We remain committed to restarting all campus activities on a realistic timeframe and adhering to the high standards of quality for which TCNJ is known. 
  3. We will be inclusive, making decisions guided by the full range of needs for our community members.
  4. We will remain nimble and adapt to evolving circumstances, ensuring that we rely on best practice; scientific guidance; and local, state, and federal recommendations and requirements.
  5. We take seriously our responsibility to steward our financial resources, positioning TCNJ to continue providing an exceptional education for future generations.

Readiness Task Forces and Coordination Team

The work of planning for the two possible scenarios or some combination thereof will be done by five Readiness Task Forces with oversight from a Readiness Coordination Team. Each of the Readiness Task Forces is co-chaired by members of the president’s cabinet and an operational lead, the latter a staff professional with expertise and planning experience in the task force area. 

Co-chairs from the five task forces will form a Readiness Coordination Team to oversee and facilitate execution of the action plans. To ensure consistent and robust communication for the TCNJ community, also serving on the Readiness Coordination Team are the associate vice president for communications, marketing and brand management and the director of marketing communications.

Readiness Task Forces

Using the assumptions and guiding principles, the task forces will develop and, with authorization from the Readiness Coordination Team, begin executing specific, actionable plans to ensure the college can support students, faculty, and staff in delivering and receiving a high-quality education.

Slide External Relations Admissions, faculty and staff recruitment, student organizations, alumni relations, donor relations

Health and Safety Virus testing, contact, social distancing guidelines, care and isolation, employee and student accommodations Student Experience Housing, dining, programming, athletics, health services and mental health, career services, transition
Academics Online content and support, technology support, advising, research, scholarship, library, community engagement, global engagement, tutoring, student success
Campus Operations Facilities, procurement and contracting, IT systems, data governance, HR View roster View roster View roster View roster View roster

Readiness Coordination Team

The Readiness Coordination Team will facilitate cross-group activity and communications, resolve inconsistencies among task forces, ensure the completion of a final readiness action plan for each scenario, and authorize and coordinate the phased execution of the plans. View roster »

Approval and Decision-Making Process

For plans pertaining to logistical matters, the task forces will make recommendations to the coordination team for review and approval.

For policy matters and for spending with significant budget impact, the coordination team will pass task force recommendations with additional comments to the president and cabinet for final approval. 

Timeline

To allow the time needed to make preparations for the fall semester, planning is taking place on an accelerated timetable:

  • The task forces will develop a comprehensive, prioritized list of readiness elements (things that must happen) to deliver services and activities for each scenario by June 3, 2020.
  • The task forces will identify the specific action steps, risks, challenges, recommended resolution, and approximate financial impact for each readiness element by June 15, 2020.
  • President Foster will announce a decision on fall operations by June 30, 2020.

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