Kuyper College Announces Plans for In-Person Instruction this Fall

January 1, 0001

Dr. Patricia Harris, president of Kuyper College, announced the Grand Rapids school plans to open their campus for in-person instruction this fall.

“Since completing our academic year in April, we have been focused on developing suitable plans for this fall that promote student safety and success,” said Dr. Harris. “While details are still in process, as our faculty and staff work diligently to implement these plans. We will continue to provide updated information in the coming weeks to our returning and new students and their families.” 

According to Dr. Harris, the return to campus will accomplished according to public health measures and guidelines by established by governmental authorities and medical experts. “While we are committed to being back on campus, our #1 priority is the safety of our students and staff.” 

In May, the State of Michigan released the MI SAFE START plan for re-opening the state. It provides useful guidance that is being used to inform Kuyper’s campus planning and preparation. Kuyper is also partnering with the Kent County Health Department, which has been instrumental in providing local guidance to the College. According to Ken Capisciolto, Kuyper’s vice-president for advancement and enrollment, over the past weeks, the College’s Leadership Team has engaged in numerous conversations with leaders of other institutions, ranging from higher education groups in Washington D.C. to meetings among sister institutions here in West Michigan. “All of these meetings are focused on safely opening our college campus and delivering in-person, on-campus education.”

According to school officials, the smaller size of the College allows it to implement a highly flexible learning model engaging smaller classes of students meeting face-to-face, using enhanced technology with personalized attention from faculty. “We believe t the layout of classrooms, dining facilities, and residence halls enable the school to utilize these spaces in ways more amenable to social distancing,” said Capisciolto. 

Kuyper is also aware that some students have medical or health considerations that may hinder in-person, on-campus attendance. As such, the College is committed to providing high-quality alternate arrangements so these students can learn from Kuyper’s faculty. 

“Finally,” said Dr. Harris, “We are confident that as we continue to navigate through the challenges of this pandemic the Kuyper College community will demonstrate broadly how an intentional Christian, in-person, residential campus community can live and learn together—and do so safely.”