Press Herald interviews Gilbert about class instruction for fall 2020
The Portland Press Herald interviewed Faye Gilbert, interim executive vice president of academic affairs and provost at the University of Maine, about plans to host classes in-person, remotely or online in the fall. Gilbert said she is communicating with families and to any confusion surrounding these decisions. UMaine is still finalizing class schedules and how courses will be delivered, which could change between now and Aug. 1. “We will do everything we can within the guidelines of the system to make sure (students) have impactful in-person experiences and that they have high quality distance experiences if that’s what they need to progress,” Gilbert said. “For 150 years we’ve been meeting students where they are. This fall is going to be a little different but we’re still very determined to be sure every one of them can progress.” Eight percent of classes are scheduled to be taught asynchronously online at this time, which Gilbert said is not vastly different from a typical semester.