COVID-19 pandemic forces CCRI to work in a new way, instantaneously
April 24, 2020
Below is an excerpt from an essay by President Meghan Hughes published in the Friday, April 24 edition of the New York Times on how CCRI has adapted to remote teacing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The article is part of The Times' Learning special report, which focuses on the challenges of online education during the coronavirus outbreak.
"Forty-eight miles long and 37 miles wide, Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country. With a population of about a million people, we’re made up of towns and small cities, and that means you almost always see someone you know when you go to the grocery store.
"We had our first confirmed case of Covid-19 on March 1, and that day changed our college forever.
"C.C.R.I. is the only community college in Rhode Island, and the largest in New England. What I learned right away is that my team and I would need to make decisions quickly, with imperfect and incomplete information, to maximize the safety of our 13,000 students and 1,300 employees.
"As the number of coronavirus cases in Rhode Island and nationwide grew, we announced on March 11 that we were moving to remote teaching and learning beginning March 23.
"It’s hard to describe to outsiders the kind of effort that was required to make that move in just 12 days. Well-run colleges are known for thoughtful planning and intentional execution. The pandemic forced us to work in a new way and to do it instantaneously."
Warwick native and Rhode Island Promise scholar Amanda Gelinas, an aspiring music teacher, entered a vocal competition on a whim and will now compete nationally among other elite classical singers.
A new normal
Faculty, staff and students at each of CCRI's four campuses have been forced to adapt to teaching and learning remotely in the wake of the recent coronavirus pandemic.
Business as usual
All four campuses are closed to students and most employees during the COVID-19 outbreak, but a handful remain to ensure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes during these times of uncertainty
Seizing the moment
Attending college seemed impossible at times for Providence's Cesar Vasquez Arita, but the aspiring computer engineer is pursuing his education thanks to the Rhode Island Promise scholarship.