Post-COVID-19 task force launches initial working groups

Officials debuted four working groups that will conduct research on and develop recommendations about GW’s academic landscape after the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an email to the GW community Tuesday.

The University launched a task force in January to study lessons learned during the pandemic, like teaching styles and GW’s paused strategic planning rollout, and present recommendations to Provost Brian Blake by May. The task force’s “Phase I working groups” will focus on undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty and staff and academic support personnel, the co-chairs said in the email.

“In mid-March, the task force will form Phase II working groups, which will focus on themed areas to explore further in order to formulate recommendations requested in the charge,” the email states.

In the next four weeks, the working groups will study existing research on academic concerns, innovations and opportunities that GW community members have realized during the pandemic, the email states.

The task force is also soliciting input from GW community members through surveys, interviews or at town halls, which they plan to incorporate in the recommendations to Blake, according to the email.

“The Post-COVID Academic Innovation Task Force will incorporate input from many voices within our GW community when it delivers its recommendations to the provost in May,” the email states. “University community members may participate in Phase I by completing surveys, giving interviews, or attending focus groups and town halls.”

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