Bennett College is launching alternative systems to deliver classes and programs for the Fall semester. After careful research, analysis and consideration, we have made a decision to operate remotely for the Fall semester. This was a data-driven decision, but one that was guided by principles that place the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff above everything else.
We did not come to this decision lightly. The Senior Leadership Team and Board of Directors reviewed the growing body of research showing that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionately negative impact on Black women. As a Black women’s college, we could not afford to put our students at risk. We were equally concerned about faculty and staff--many who are in demographic groups that are more likely to be at risk of negative outcomes from COVID-19.
We looked at dozens of scenarios and determined that there was no way for us to bring students back to campus and keep them safe from the pandemic. When we weighed the benefits versus the costs, there was nothing that outweighed the value of the lives of members of our Bennett family.
While we were considering the ramifications of the pandemic, we never took our eyes off the long-term goals for the college and our students. We have planned a semester that promised to deliver high-quality academics, wrap-around support services, and a full array of community engagement experiences. We will miss seeing each other in person, but students won’t miss out on a high-value education.
We are choosing to look at this decision—born of necessity—as an opportunity for growth.
We carefully considered every aspect of college life to address the concerns and challenges that would arise in responding to the pandemic. While we enter the semester with faith and confidence in our decisions, we understand that change brings questions. Here, we address the concerns we expect from students and other members of our community.
We want the entire Bennett family to know where we’re headed and understand the rationale behind the decisions we’re making. This is a shifting situation and decisions will have to be made carefully, thoughtfully, and quickly in response to new concerns. We will address new questions as they arise and we will continue to update this space accordingly.
1 two-week minimester where you will take one or two classes at the beginning of the semester
1 seven-week minimester where you will take at least 2 classes (and a lab if required)
1 seven-week minimester where you will take at least 2 classes (and a lab if necessary)
You will participate remotely in small discussion-based classes, where professors will engage you, encourage you to grow, and respect your stride. The Minimester Plan allows you to focus your energies on one or two classes at a time. The academic focus of the Minimester Plan allows you to create flexibility in your schedule, leaving sufficient time each day for your passions outside of class—time to participate in student organizations, student activities, internships, work, civic engagement, and career planning.
The Minimester Plan provides you the space and time for focused learning and academic exploration. It helps you to break from the norm and be creative.
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If you have additional questions about our Fall 2020 Plan, please feel free to contact us using the form below.