CCS Responds to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Message from College for Creative Studies President Don Tuski 5.19.20
Thank you for your extraordinary efforts this past semester. I am extremely proud of the perseverance and resilience of our campus community in responding to an unprecedented situation. I was blown away by the quality of student work produced even under these circumstances, and want to commend you for your efforts. You exemplify what it means to be creative and adaptable under pressure, qualities that are even more relevant in today’s economy.
As we move into a new stage of the academic year and the pandemic, I want to encourage you to take advantage of our free summer programming. You can sign up until June 1, 2020 for free summer workshops and studio access, as well as free summer housing. We are offering this opportunity to enrich your learning experience and strengthen your artistic practice. I hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity.
CCS also is adapting to these unusual times. We understand that the value proposition of higher education is changing, and we are working tirelessly to provide you with a flexible, dynamic educational experience that will prepare you for your future. Faculty and staff continue to work on plans for on-campus academic programs in the fall semester. On Tuesday, September 8, 2020, we hope to welcome you back to a safe environment that minimizes the likelihood of contracting the coronavirus, while preserving what is best about the CCS experience. We are more committed than ever to hands-on, collaborative learning; the tradition of mentorship between faculty and students; and to providing a safe, student-centered, and vibrant college experience.
In order to deliver that value proposition in uncertain economic times, CCS is implementing a restructuring that is student-focused and mission-driven. As part of the process, we have implemented a reduction in force involving 20 CCS employees. While painful to do, the reorganization will reduce costs and redirect resources more directly to students through new technology and programs designed to enrich the educational experience. The reorganization will allow us to deliver more to our students by:
- giving faculty more voice and agency in adapting curriculum and classroom experiences to meet rapidly changing educational needs;
- securing increased opportunities for CCS’s community and corporate partnerships to support applied learning opportunities for every student;
- supporting key technology initiatives that can complement and enhance on-campus offerings, such as new virtual desktop infrastructure and a new virtual reality lab, providing additional equipment for off-campus use, and engaging with experts to ensure we are providing best-in-class online learning opportunities; and,
- creating a more entrepreneurial and collaborative culture across both campuses and throughout the institution.
We expect these changes will deliver an experience that will more deeply prepare you to succeed in industry or your own studio practice. To learn more about the changes, please visit our statement on the CCS website here.
The pandemic has challenged all of us to be more resilient, innovative and compassionate. I remain confident that CCS will emerge from the period as a stronger, more vibrant institution; a place you are proud to call your own.
I look forward to continuing to work with Student Government around Commencement, Student Exhibition, and fall plans. As always, I welcome your questions and comments.