President Joyce P. Jacobsen joined other higher education leaders in New York on WXXI’s “Connections” to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting institutions, students, employees and education itself.
The pivot from “high-intensity, in-person learning to remote learning” has been “an interesting journey,” Jacobsen said, during which the Colleges have “benefited from having a strong backbone with our information technology services, our digital web specialists, our Center for Teaching and Learning.”
While HWS has made services like teaching assistance and counseling available online, Jacobsen explained, “It’s not the same…because we think in-person is the way to go, but we are able to get through this.”
As for what the fall semester looks like, “I would like to think that higher education is essential, that the governor and the rest of the country will realize that, and that we will be able to start our campus on time in the fall,” she said.
Hosted by Evan Dawson, the “Connections” episode featured Jacobsen alongside Sarah Mangelsdorf, the president of the University of Rochester; Denise Battles, the president of SUNY Geneseo; and Joel Frater, executive dean of Monroe Community College’s Downtown Campus.
An expert on labor economics and the economics of gender, Jacobsen began serving as the 29th President of Hobart College and the 18th of William Smith College in July 2019. Jacobsen earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University and M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with her A.B. in economics as a member of Phi Beta Kappa.