The following is a statement from Baker College regarding updates to its fall return-to-campus plan.
To ensure the health and safety of the Baker community, Baker College is taking a measured and phased approach to its return-to-campus plan, starting with the fall 2020 semester, beginning the week of August 24.
With an abundance of caution, and following the Governor’s Executive Orders, recommendations from local health department officials and CDC guidelines, it has been decided that Baker College will not invite the full student population to return to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Instead, Baker will offer three instructional delivery methods: in-person, lab-based courses offered at one of our campus locations (utilizing select rooms and equipment); virtual, lecture-based courses that will be delivered at the same regularly scheduled time as the intended campus-based class and traditional Baker online classes offered in eight-week session format.
Further, although the semester will end as scheduled on Dec. 13, 2020, the in-person, on-campus lab classes will transition to virtual instruction after Nov. 25, 2020. All online courses and virtual classes offered at scheduled class times will continue as normal for the full semester.
“Baker College and its outstanding students and employees have exhibited impressive agility, resilience and strength as we have navigated this pandemic over the past many months,” said Jacqui Spicer, chief operating officer and member of Baker’s Pandemic Response Team.
“Our success in keeping the entire Baker community safe and healthy requires everyone’s continued cooperation and participation moving forward,” Spicer added.
She said Baker College is following the health and safety protocols as outline by state, local and federal agencies. As such, Baker College has minimized the number of on-campus classes, generally lab classes, as the majority of Baker students are taking virtual and online classes.
Out of an abundance of caution, Baker College made the decision to minimize the number of on-campus courses,” Spicer said. “Our goal continues to be the delivery of quality education while protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The college’s Pandemic Response Team has established rigorous protocols, that when on-campus safety measures include but are not limited: social distancing, temperature checks, contact tracing, and masks are required. “
Additional information and updates are available at baker.edu/coronavirus.