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COVID-19 Graduate Education Fall 2020 Continuity Workgroup

Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, Steve Ackerman, and Graduate School Dean, William J. Karpus, have convened a workgroup to make recommendations to senior university leadership for the various scenarios possible for fall – online, in-person, or hybrid – based on its assessment of factors including the health and safety of the campus community and continuity of high-quality instruction and research experiences.

The workgroup includes faculty, staff, leadership, and graduate students who have been invited to participate from across the schools and colleges and will address such questions as:

  • how will graduate students complete laboratory, studio, performance, and other facility-based classes if we are on-line;
  • how will lab rotations operate, how will graduate students get access to key resources such as libraries, specialized equipment, software licenses, etc.;
  • how do we build a sense of community if courses are on-line, or some students are on campus and some not;
  • how will teaching assistant training be delivered; and
  • how will graduate programs, schools/colleges, and campus, deal with many enrollment deferrals, both in the short and long terms. 

The workgroup will identify and consider issues specific to course-based master’s degree, research-based master’s degree, and doctoral degree programs. The workgroup will assess the current state of graduate education delivery, and evaluate campus ability to transition graduate education to a remote delivery or a hybrid approach that involves some students on campus and some engaged in remote delivery.


Read the announcement about the formation of the workgroup, sent from Dean Karpus to graduate programs on April 28, as well as as the project charter that includes a list of workgroup members.


Please send any questions or input for the workgroup to: Fall2020@grad.wisc.edu.




Keywords:COVID-19 Graduate Education Fall 2020 Continuity Workgroup   Doc ID:101701
Owner:Alissa E.Group:Graduate School
Created:2020-05-05 11:05 CDTUpdated:2020-05-14 21:43 CDT
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