Dear Members of the Lasell University Community,
Despite the curveballs thrown to us by the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the most vibrant and cutting-edge teaching and learning at Lasell University took place this year. Students, Village residents, and alumni connected virtually for panel events, two Connected Learning Symposia, and 50th Reunion activities. Unlike many of our peer institutions, Lasell not only offered students the ability to take courses in one of three formats — in-person, online, and hybrid/flex — but also to pay a reduced tuition for the online option. While we look forward to seeing undergraduate students back on campus this fall as commuters or residents, we will not abandon the new technology embraced during the pandemic, nor will we forget the lessons learned about different educational modalities.
Amid all the changes that came with the pandemic, we embarked upon a larger exploration at the University; The first phase of our strategic planning process was called “The Speed of Change.” The entire University staff and faculty were invited to participate in Idea Creation Groups (ICGs), which collectively brainstormed a long list of possible items to consider. With dozens of suggestions on the table, we identified actions to put in place by this fall that would enhance the immediate student experience, while also increasing enrollment as the number of high school students in the United States declines:
Of course, we also thought long-term: What could Lasell University look like in a post-pandemic world? The opportunities felt endless, but a few stuck out as attainable within the next year:
It often feels when we tell people about what’s happening at Lasell that we’ve revealed a big secret. There is so much going on and so much to look forward to, but on the outside, folks are often surprised to learn about it.
That’s where you come in. We don’t want to be a secret.
This year more than any has shown us the ways we can use progressive, creative thinking to stay connected. As University alumni, friends, parents, and students, we want you to be talking about who we are and what we are doing. Our story is always evolving, and we want to spread it far and wide.
Thank you for doing your part to keep us moving Forever Forward.
Vice President of Enrollment and Marketing
Eric M. Turner
VP Porter and Provost Turner talk more about the University's strategic planning process and what they hope community members will take away from a year of unprecedented learning and growth at Lasell.