What does an “intent” to reopen mean?

Apr 30, 2020 by

Colleges have released a flurry of statements saying that they will reopen campuses in the fall. Will that plan bear out?

In the last few days, a number of colleges have announced they will be reopening in the fall. Or, maybe, they “plan” to reopen. “Intend” to reopen.

The list now includes American University, Baylor University and Haverford College, as well as many others.

The numerous announcements have often included caveats, such as “if it is deemed safe” or “depending on guidance from state and federal authorities.”

Some in higher ed have questioned the value of these statements (doesn’t every institution “hope” to reopen in the fall?) as well as how closely a college’s intentions will hew to reality.

The only thing we know for sure is that there is uncertainty.”

Source: What does an “intent” to reopen mean?

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