COVID-19 Community Update – April 21, 2020
Dear Northwest University community member,
The timer on this semester keeps on ticking, and we get closer and closer to sticking a fork in it and calling it done. (I'm not sure which will give more satisfaction—sticking a fork in it or calling it done.) As you would expect, we have spent quite a bit of our energy on trying to discern what the Fall semester will look like.
We continue to closely monitor both the federal and state guidelines for returning the economy to normalcy. At this point, we don't have enough information to decide when that will occur across the country. It appears that the State of Washington will take a more deliberate, public-health-led approach than many others. Based on the federal Guidelines for Opening Up America Again (https://www.whitehouse.gov/openingamerica/) schools can reopen face-to-face classes at Phase 2. At this time, we can only guess when Phase 2 will begin for us. Over the next few weeks we will have many people working to develop contingency plans for all possible circumstances that fall may bring.
How we wish we were able to offer more certainty about all aspects of life at Northwest! But you may rest confident in the certainty that Northwest University will:
- continue to live out its identity as a College with the Soul of a Church;
- emphasize community life, relationships, and student development;
- strive to achieve the highest standards of academic quality;
- work with students to provide an affordable Christian education.
Stay tuned, and we will keep you fully informed as the situation emerges.
On a personal level, I'd like to invite you to follow my blog and my Facebook page. I will be ramping up my posting of spiritual reflections on those sites to offer encouragement to our community as well as the general public. Especially keep an eye out for my new short video series, "I Was Thinking."
Finally, we can't wait to have you back on campus! I suspect we'll even throw a big on-campus event for our online students when circumstances permit.
Joseph Castleberry, Ed.D.
President, Northwest University