Provost's Update for Week of August 3-7
Progress on Caregiving Policies and Partnerships
The Division of Human Resources, the Office of Business Affairs, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer, and the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost are collaborating on policies and partnerships that address concerns of caregivers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With engagement of members of Faculty Senate, department heads, deans, and the Child Care Working Group, policy changes in progress include:
- Adaptations to promotion and tenure process during COVID-19: provides guidance on the disruptions that have occurred for teaching, research, outreach and service, with special attention to faculty who have been differentially affected.
- Change to the remote working policy: modify condition that employees cannot engage in caregiving when working remotely have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Guidance for annual evaluations: guidance to be developed for annual evaluations to include considering the impact of the pandemic and remote working on productivity, faculty and staff accomplishments during 2019-20 when merit raises resume, and allowing faculty/staff to provide a statement about COVID-19 impacts.
- Work is also progressing on expanding our partnerships across the university and the communities in which we work.
Faculty Affairs will dedicate its Friday, August 14 Open Office Hours (10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) to a discussion of caregivers’ issues. Participate via Zoom.
Survey Results Reports: Spring Transition to Remote Instruction
Virginia Tech responded to the COVID-19 pandemic during the spring semester by making a substantial shift in how teaching and learning were conducted. This transition to remote instruction required students, faculty, and staff to adapt and learn new ways to interact, teach, and learn in an instructional setting.
Once the semester concluded, the university gathered information and feedback via a survey regarding student and faculty experiences during the transition, specifically what went well and what could be improved.
The reports linked below (for internal use only – VT access required) summarize the results of the both the faculty survey and the student/GTA survey, with each providing some comparisons to the other.
Recent Resource/Document Updates:
- Plan for Reinstating Undergraduate Research for 2020-2021 (posted-August 5)
Establishes conditions under which undergraduates could return to conduct research during the fall 2020 semester.
- Return to Campus Checklist for EMPLOYEES (posted-August 5)
Guidance for employee before returning to campus and while they are here.
- Return to Campus Checklist for STUDENTS (posted-August 5)
Guidance for students before returning for the fall semester and while they are on campus.
- Preliminary Recommendations for Delivery of Academic Programs in Fall 2020 (updated-August 4: PID required)
Plan to deliver in-person curriculum to the greatest extent possible while suppressing resurgence of COVID-19 on campus.
- Fall 2020 Planning: Facilities and Building Operations (posted-July 31)
Presentation focused on creating and maintaining healthy campus environments.
- Public Health Guidelines: Student Education and Enforcement (posted- July 29)
Approach to enforcement of public health requirements and guidelines.