Resilience and adaptability are the only ways forward in the Covid-19 reality, and although it will be hard, colleges and universities cannot simply close up shop and call it a day.
Colleges and university which have decided to allow students to return to campus for in-person classes have found ways of adapting to the situation, and have outlined contingency plans if (and when) the state of the pandemic changes. Coursera released a guide for how colleges and universities can adapt to the current situation.
Colleges will need to provide ample support to professors and students as they transition to new learning models, and should consider working with educational consultant firms to implement the necessary changes.
stresses the need for transparent communication between all those involved on campus, including, administrators, faculty and staff, and students. Maximising communication and transparency will reduce the likelihood of errors and complications in an already highly sensitive setting. Everyone has a role to play for an effective reopening, and the administration especially needs to be realistic about what they can and can't do.
Course structure, content, and delivery will need to be reimagined, as well as campus life. There are plenty of options available, some better than others, for how colleges and universities can offer students a college experience, therefore it is at least worthwhile to try.