Like every institute of higher learning in Northeast Ohio, Lakeland Community College was forced to improvise programming, extracurricular activities, meetings and overall campus operations due to the novel coronavirus.
Additionally, the pandemic had Gov. Mike DeWine impose an adapted way of life for Ohio residents in mid-March, culminating with “nonessential” business closures, stay-at-home orders, social distancing protocols and mandatory face masks.
And then there was more, according to Laura C. Barnard, executive vice president and provost at Lakeland, who said flexibility in semester scheduling and class formats served as the school’s biggest challenges.
Adapting education to COVID-19
“When Governor DeWine recommended that colleges and universities transition all classes to remote learning (in an effort) to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Lakeland…