COVID-19

HyFlex Will Continue at NSU Starting Spring 2022

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Northern State University will continue to utilize HyFlex on campus, starting again in spring 2022.  

HyFlex was used during the COVID-19 pandemic from fall 2020 to spring 2021. HyFlex, or “Hybrid Flexible,” includes not only face-to-face instruction but also synchronous and asynchronous online components, making it accessible to all students, whether on campus or not. Not only did this affect students, but also instructors as well. Students and educators were new to this learning course, which prompted research opportunities on campus.  

NSU Student Affairs adapts to challenging year of serving students during COVID-19

Northern State University Student Affairs launched an ambitious effort to do three things this year: protect the community’s health, keep campus open, and help students connect and engage at Northern. Each effort presented new challenges for the Student Affairs team and required creativity, adaptability and laser-like focus.

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Masks optional at NSU, other BOR universities starting May 10

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – With spring semester coming to an end, the South Dakota Board of Regents has announced a first step toward normal operations for Northern State University and the five other regental institutions.

Starting Monday, May 10, NSU and the other BOR universities will become “mask optional” environments. Social distancing restrictions will also be lifted.

While 2020 has been a year of challenges, there have also been many points of pride this year.

That includes enrollment growth, e-learning increases, and various times where members of our campus community stepped up to help others during this difficult year. These highlights were bright spots during an uncertain time, and we’re proud to share them.

Below are Northern’s top 12 highlights from 2020:

 

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Sent on behalf of the Dean of Students and VP Enrollment, Communications and Marketing

 

Students, faculty and staff,

The South Dakota Department of Health, in partnership with Vault Health Inc., is now offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits, available at no cost to South Dakota residents. This is a great opportunity for you and your loved ones to take part in free testing while at home over break.

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Grant from Governor Noem Expands Distance Learning for South Dakota High School Students

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem has approved a $468,850 grant from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help the Northern State University Center for Statewide E-learning handle larger enrollments this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Currently, 2,400 high school students from 104 South Dakota school districts are served by the E-learning Center. That is an increase of about 22 percent over the entire 2019-20 school year, with spring semester registrations still coming in.

Faculty and staff attended the Campus Town Hall on Monday, where NSU President Dr. Tim Downs reviewed the results of the spring 2020 Campus Climate Survey.

The survey was conducted in April 2020 in accordance with HB 1087, a bill passed in 2019 with the purpose of promoting free speech and intellectual diversity at higher education institutions.

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