Morgan State University Planning Options for the Fall 2020 Semester

Historically Black Morgan State University in Baltimore is keeping all options open for the fall semester and making appropriate contingency plans. After weeks of strategy sessions with his cabinet, David K. Wilson, president of Morgan State University, has taken actions to protect the University’s financial health throughout the caronavirus crisis and has unveiled three potential planning models to guide operations in the fall.

* Model One was built around a continuation of the current circumstances and current remote operation protocol.
* Model Two involves delaying the start of the next academic year until later in the fall and implementing significant social distancing protocols.
* Model Three is centered on reopening the campus without restrictions and with a return to normal operations.

All three models envision a continuation of significant online instruction. And all open-house and orientation activities will take place in a virtual environment.

“In a perfect world, this fall, the campus will be flush with the bright, smiling faces of students eager to engage in their studies and inspired to change the world. But what this COVID-19 pandemic has shown us is that the world is an imperfect place,” said President Wilson. “The only thing we can attempt to do perfectly now is plan.”

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  1. I am a morgan state student vouching for model two or three. To continue the current operations would drain the students substantially. I believe students would be able to implement social distancing guidelines with or without being told to if campus opens back up. Classes aren’t the same without face to face instruction. We miss our campus!

    • At my HBCU, one of the main problems we have is that so many students did not want to vaccinate that classes had to revert to online by force. All this to say, these decisions are not as simple as they look. Hope MSU gets students on the ground.

  2. Let’s be clear and intellectually honest about Morgan State University. The overall delivery of “in-class instruction” at Morgan State was sub-par at best whether you’re talking about undergraduate or graduate. One of the main reasons for this is the consistent failed leadership from Dr. Wilson and other upper echelon administrator’s who are more concerned about trying to make it APPEAR as if they’re engaged in a plethora of new and creative initiatives on campus. The facts remain, since the COVID-19 pandemic the institutional and administrative weaknesses Morgan State had become more easily identifiable. For example, the online programs and its online platforms being used at Morgan State were definitely sub-par on numerous levels. For those that dissent, I challenge you to critically evaluate its main web page to better understand my point. In close, Dr. Wilson has failed to adequately protect students on/near campus prior to COVID-19 from things you could see with the naked eye. That said, do you actually think Dr. Wilson will be able to protect students on/near campus from things you can’t see such a COVID-19 microbes. Really.

    • Let’s be clear and intellectually honest about your comment. Your first statement is completely bogus because you could not possibly have taken classes with everyone in every program. On the other hand, key performance indicators show MSU has been on a steady trajectory of improvement and has been hiring significant numbers of faculty for the past 5 years. Statistically, alone, your statement is disingenuous. You just have some bone to pick with Dr. Wilson and go on the same feedback loop every single news about Morgan State. You are spectacularly transparent.

  3. When will a decision be made and articulated to the students as to the three given options for the Fall semester.?

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