Western To Go All Online In September


A memo from the Provost of WWU to the teaching staff announced today that classes for the fall session will be “predominantly online or remote” except for “face-to-face delivery for experiential and research teaching/learning” that cannot be done otherwise. In any event, the memo indicated that such face-to-face teaching would be very limited.

Additional information with details will be forthcoming from WWU President Randhawa on Friday, the 30th of July.

This action closely follows a similar announcement to go all online that the Washington State University at Pullman made about a week ago. I reported on that as an update to my piece “Open The WWU Campus In September? What Then The Toll?”

All for the better.

This will save lives.

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Tim Paxton

Jul 29, 2020

Why would anyone pay to go to an On Line WWU?  MIT already has 2400 Free Courses on line you enjoy as a shut in.

“About MIT OpenCourseWare:  MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT’s subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,400 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.”
So, tuition and room/board income at WWU will likely plummet. Freshmen will go elsewhere. WWU Staff and Faculty will have to be furloughed.  Gov. Inslee will be eyeing universities to help balance his $9 Billion (and growing) dollar State deficit.   Probably even the poor slum lords across Bellingham will lose renters. A big chunk of the local student dependent economy will crash.  Should we look forward to an increased Property Tax bill and drastic government services cuts everywhere? 
Countries like Sweden and Taiwan seem to be doing OK with their economies remaining open and their Covid death rates are near zero currently.  Perhaps the USA / Washington State could quickly adopt their methods rather than commit more hysterical, election related, economic suicide? 
WWU with 1499 employees is the third largest employer in Whatcom County.  There should be an economic impact study done before more panic shut downs occur.

Nicholas Sotak

Jul 29, 2020

I’m not sure using Sweden as an example would motivate many to open everything back up.  With a death rate of around 5%, unemployment of 9%, and a predicted economic contraction of around 5% I wouldn’t say it’s a great example of what we should be doing.  Consider also that Swedes, in general, are much healthier than people in this country and therefore theoretically much less likely to have severe disease.  We’ve had over 150,000 deaths so far, and that’s arguably much lower than it would have been had many of the early hot spots not shut down. 

Since starting to reopen here dialy cases have reached a new highs.  Daily deaths wold probably be at new highs as well, but we’ve gotten better at managing the disease and the new cases are concentrated in younger people.  That said, who’s to say we aren’t sitting on a time bomb of a new spike in deaths when those younger people spread the disease to their older coworkers, friends, and relatives? 

Finally, I have plenty of friends in the reserves that are being mobilized to help with a case surge in southern Texas.  Getting back to business as usual?  It can wait.  It is possible to recover from economic collapse, but it’s much more difficult to raise the dead.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53498133  <——This article is a few weeks old, but I’m sure there is still no consensus even among Swedes they made the right call.  There’s also no guarantee they won’t have another wave.



Ray Kamada

Aug 01, 2020

And two more recent Covid studies await further confirmation…

78% of Recovered COVID-19 Patients Show Heart Damage, German Study Suggests


RE School re-openings: SARS-CoV-2 Transmission and Infection Among Attendees of an Overnight Camp — Georgia, June 2020 | MMWR


Adults wore masks; the kids didn’t. Result?
260 of 593 attendees tested positive thereafter; all tested negative prior to admission.

Ray Kamada

Aug 02, 2020

And wrt learning, covid may severely damage the brain, even while causing only minimal scarring of the lungs.


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