All three Arizona public university presidents provided an update on the COVID-19 outbreak on their respective campuses Friday morning during an Arizona Board of Regents meeting.
They hailed the efforts of their communities thus far while providing insight into what their schools would be doing next.
ASU: Fall will be “last semester for ASU as an archaic, stone-age institution”
Arizona State University President Michael Crow confidently told the board to mark their calendars for January, when he said ASU would prove its oft-repeated designation as the top school for innovation.
Michael Crow (Photo: Deanna Dent, Deanna Dent)
“Fall 2020 is the last semester for ASU as an archaic, stone-age institution,” he said. “We are, by the opening of spring semester 2021, going to be the most advanced teaching and learning program that humans have ever built.”
Crow said the university next year will be launching technology it’s been developing through the pandemic, essentially describing it as a paradigm shift that would forever change the way its students learn and grow during their time at the school.
“We’re throwing away the chiseled ax taped to a piece of wood with some cow hide,” he said. “We are moving forward in the most advanced modalities possible, because now we understand more than we ever understood before.”
Prior to his closing comments, Crow had spent his time with the board, like the other presidents, praising the work done by his university in the midst of a chaotic year.
Crow said the university as of Friday was in its second operations mode, a hybrid model that permits people to come into and out of the university at will.
“We’re operating under the assumption of personal responsibility and choice,” he said, adding that “things are going about as well as could be expected.”