Webster University forms Task Force on Transition and Adaptability for on-going effects of pandemic

May. 5, 2020

Webster University

Webster University has formed a Task Force on Transition and Adaptability to manage its return from remote operations and to address on-going community and operational needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consisting of three working groups, the task force will maintain continuity for Webster’s annual planning process while ensuring that process is informed by and adaptable to the evolving and unique circumstances of the pandemic.

The task force will build on the existing planning framework while also enabling a transition back to campus-based operations that prioritizes the health and safety of Webster’s students, employees and guests.

"The safety, security, and health of all members of our community will continue to be a foundation of our decisions," said President Julian Z. Schuster.

The three working groups and their focus areas are:

Transition to Campus-Based Operations

(domestic U.S., with guidance for international campuses as appropriate)

Focused on:

  • Students (residential life, student life and activities)
  • Employees, including transition back from remote operations
  • Athletics

Group lead: John Pyle, chief innovation officer and vice president of Enrollment Management

Safety, Security, and Communications Support for Transition to Campus-Based Operations

Focused on:

  • Safety measures
  • Mitigation options to protect safety of community during transition
  • Guidelines for social distancing, density, gathering size, etc., as needed

Group lead: Rick Meyer, chief financial officer

Academic Continuity & Support

Focused on:

  • Scheduling
  • Course delivery options and guidelines for in-person academic experiences
  • Academic support for students (including technology)
  • Support for faculty (including technology)

Group lead: Nancy Hellerud, vice president for Academic Affairs

Further information will be communicated as the composition of the working groups is finalized and the Task Force on Transition and Adaptability commences its work.

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