The COVID-19 pandemic has had drastic effects on most of the world, with sports being no exception. The sports world, at all levels of competition, cane to a halt in March. Professional tennis, basketball, hockey and golf were just a few of the sports that had their seasons suspended due to the pandemic, and their collegiate counterparts shared the same fate. Then the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed one year.
Leland Scholars Program (LSP), aimed at aiding first generation, under-resourced and low-income students in making the transition to college, announced it would abandon its traditional four-week residential programming usually held in August for a virtual format to limit possible virus transmission.
Despite the University's intent to commence 2020-21 instruction on Sept. 14 with a limited on-campus housing plan, the details of the presence and structure of several residential programs remain unknown. The decisions to cancel residence-based Sophomore College and move both the Leland Scholars Program (LSP) and New Student Orientation (NSO) to a remote programming, along with the University’s new hesitancy about bringing students back to campus, does not bode well for the future of the residence-based Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program.