USU President appears in Friday morning virtual town hall

Dr. Noelle Cockett appears on a virtual town hall on Friday, April 17, 2020
LOGAN – Utah State University President Noelle Cockett’s Friday morning virtual Town Hall meeting laid out where she and her senior management team have taken the university in the weeks since the Pandemic began while presenting what shape the future might take.
She said she has been pleased that those on campus have remained employed. At one point, she said it appeared USU might have to move to level one of the planning phase.
”Which was literally moving everyone off our campuses and centers and only those with essential functions would be able to come back,” Cockett said. “However, because of how well we implemented those early conditions and practices, we were able to avoid moving to level one and continue on with assignments that are being done throughout our campuses and centers.”
An early decision in the process was to move USU classes to online delivery which did not save the school money as hoped.
”It actually cost us more money to do that in the middle of a semester,” she explained. “A lot of our people put in many, many hours to make that happen. But it also required additional infrastructure, through software licenses, through video conference contracts, through different kind of methods for moving to remote.”
She said as changes come through the summer into the fall it should be thought of as a dial, turning from red to orange to yellow and finally to green, representing campus life before the coronavirus.
Dr. Cockett said returning to “the way we used to be” will not happen until a COVID-19 vaccine is available. She he has been told that will take 12 to 18 months.
”We are going to be in a new norm circumstance for possibly even a year. And that new norm is what we are planning out. It means that people will return to campus, but not in the large free-moving ways that we used to have.”
Events will occur, she said, but not in the numbers as before.
She said during the summer, classes will continue online (the online course fee is being eliminated for summer classes), on campus housing will be open and there will be dining options.
During Friday’s Town Hall President Cockett appeared on screen with members of her senior management, all at different remote locations throughout Logan.

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1 Comment

  • Steve Baugh April 18, 2020 at 2:44 pm Reply

    President Cockett
    I viewed with interest your Friday Virtual appearance.
    I’m Steve Baugh, my son Casey, Vivint Smart Homes Sr VP, Harvard Business School MBA, now also teaching Entreprenurial Studies at BYU, and I were fortunate to sit at your table at the Utah Hall of Fame Banquet! Casey and I were Honoring Jimmy Laub, a former Team mate, classmate, Fraternity Brother at Sigma Chi and Relative! I’ve always been so very much impressed with your Management of the University!
    I worry about us not tasking a more “Watch and See Approach” for another 45 days before saying Quite Positively, No Normal College without Vaccine!! We have a 23Trillion Dollar Economy we have volunteerily shut down out of FEAR and WRONG information given that estimates of 2.2 Million Americans would Die! Enough to scare us all, however in reality, we MAY wind up with Death numbers less than many Flu’s in my lifetime of 69 years!
    My wife Grace (USU/WSU Nursing Program) in the 1970’s, a nurse and former Hospital Administrator.
    Seems to be of your same mindset (I am slow as usual to change it once set!) However our Children, Owning Hotels, Title Companies,Dermatology Practices, Dental Clinics, Educators, need to be back to work! A few years ago our Children felt if I were retired from Development and home too much I’d drive their Mother crazy, and suggested, whereas I was good with kids I should qualify to Substitute Teach, so I did, in Box Elder, Cache, Logan and Ogden School Districts!
    As of late at the Logan River Academy (Students Nation wide and some foreign that fit better in that setting than their States normal Classroom, I won’t further detail it) and then at the Utah Militaty Academy in So Ogden, where 25% of the kids are High Achievers! Destined for Mil. Academys, or Ivy League Resume schools, the others their folks were looking for a higher structure more discipline!! Our son Captain Eric Baugh, USAFA, Gonzaga MBA, who managed the Mil-Star Sat. for Uncle Sam now in Kaysville, with his Aggie wife who owns Spa’s (now closed as well)! Anyway, the Seniors at all of those schools, I’ve taught at and talked to as resent as 6 weeks ago are wondering if they want to go to College this next year!! That concerns me for them, for The University Experience, for USU’s LOSSES in Federal and State and other sources of funding basically closing down fow the next 18 months as you said for hopes of a Vaccine that like other Virus’s may never come!!
    Out of HS my era kids went to War! VietNam, yet no closures of schools! No cancelling MLB scheduling. You slow the USU Enrollment too much, and CONFERENCES will have NO FOOTBALL that in itself crushes an Athletic Budget and many Spirits!!
    Your message was perhaps your Councilors and your True Feelings, yet if DEATH Measurements remain as low as Flu Deaths,
    and since Students are in a lower risk area wouldn’t your announcement be more focused and less frightening in 45 days.
    Say JUNE? Start Summer School Then, As is, or NORMAL?

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