The Extra Podcast: How Rhodes College is dealing with COVID-19

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 05, 2020 6:05 PM CT | Published: May 05, 2020 6:00 PM CT

Few types of businesses or organizations have been hit in so many different ways by the coronavirus pandemic as colleges and universities — from the financial impact to the disruption of services to the need to plan for so many uncertainties and possibilities.

Rhodes College is no different, as Marjorie Hass, president of the college, explains during this week’s Extra Podcast.

There’s the $3 million the school had to refund parents. There are the graduation ceremonies that have gone virtual. There’s the contingency planning for an uncertain start date for the next academic year, including planning for opening with students either on campus or connecting by videoconference or even some combination of both.

There are the financial ramifications of an expected dip in the number of new students. There’s the suspension of study abroad programs. There’s the need to feed, house and protect both students and staff.

And there are the students who’ve remained on campus because they had no way to get home – or, in some cases, no home waiting for them.

Take a listen.

Produced by Natalie Van Gundy

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