With the demographics of college-age students set to undergo radical shifts in the coming years, St. Thomas unveiled this week a bold five-year plan designed to propel the university into the country’s top echelon of Catholic higher ed institutions.
Social distancing setups, more hand sanitizing stations, disinfecting kits in classrooms and a wider variety of instruction methods will be among the noticeable differences St. Thomas community members see when they return to campus this summer and fall.
Life on St. Thomas’ St. Paul and Minneapolis campuses looks more different lately than it ever has before. They are far, however, from empty: Some 125 students continue to live in St. Paul residence halls, and dozens of essential staff continue to work in both St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Looking forward, the university is anticipating significant changes coming in fall 2020. The opening of the new residence halls and the Iversen Center for Faith, the adoption of the campus-wide sustainability plan, and a focus on emergency preparedness all create new opportunities for Auxiliary Services to assess current operations and adjust where warranted.