Highline College

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Summer Quarter schedule undecided, but college president happy with progress so far

Dr. John Mosby

Izzy Anderson Staff Reporter April 14

While Summer Quarter’s setup remains up in the air, Highline President Dr. John Mosby said that he’s proud of Highline’s ability to adapt and innovate in the current climate.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” statewide order on March 23 due to the spread of COVID-19.

The order stated that Washingtonians should stay home as much as possible, and practice social distancing from each other.

All non-essential businesses have also been required to temporarily close.

Originally running for two weeks, this order was further extended until May 4.

The majority of Highline’s campus has also been physically closed down since finals week of Winter Quarter.

Highline followed the order by moving most Spring Quarter classes online, a task which was not easy due to how quickly these events unfolded, Dr. Mosby said.

“Six weeks ago we were finishing up Winter Quarter and had no idea this was on the horizon,” Dr. Mosby said.

However, Highline came together and used quick-thinking and creativity to keep the college running, he said.

“Highline College is a resilient community and our staff, faculty and students have been creative and innovative in identifying challenges and solutions to serve our campus,” Dr. Mosby said. “In the process, we are learning a lot about ourselves as a college, and [are] ensuring that students remain at the center of our work.”

While nothing’s been made official regarding Summer Quarter going virtual too, preparations for this possibility are being made, he said.

“Currently, we are exploring options for Summer Quarter in terms of format and course availability, but an official decision has not been made,” Dr. Mosby said.

And until Highline can resume on-campus classes, everyone should keep staying as safe as possible, he said.

“I look forward to when our college can physically return to campus and celebrate together,” Dr. Mosby said. “But until then, be safe and wash your hands.”