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Planning for a Post-Pandemic World in the State University System

TALLAHASSEE – The Board of Governors’ Innovation and Online Committee convened via conference call today to discuss a 2021 work plan for the Committee to begin planning for a post-COVID world in the State University System.   The work will focus on developing best practices and innovations based on lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic to enhance student outcomes across the System. 

“We must examine the impact of COVID-19 across the student experience, including student culture, economic health, and mental health,” said Kent Stermon, chair of the Innovation and Online Committee. “I look forward to continuing this discussion throughout the year as we look towards the future in the State University System.”

State University System students have shown resiliency despite the challenges of pivoting to alternate instructional delivery methods last Spring.  Early data shows that the percent of students earning 15+ credits in Fall 2020 increased to 20%, which is the highest rate the System has ever reported. This success is an important early indicator of students focusing on finishing their degree in four years. Likewise, at the System level, the average number of credit hours earned in fall 2020 was consistent with historical trends.

“Despite everything, the System is laser-focused on student success, and it is gratifying to know that our students have continued to excel during this difficult past year,” said Syd Kitson, chair of the Board of Governors. “As we plan for a post-COVID System, that focus will remain.”


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