Press "Enter" to skip to content

Running the 2020-21 Academic Year: A Look Behind the Numbers

The 2020-21 academic year was unlike any year at the University of Denver or others universities across the country have experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to rotate multiple times and implement new techniques and technology to keep campuses running throughout the year.

Provide an option for an in-person experience while Ensuring the safety of students, faculty, and staff was paramount for those who volunteered countless hours at the University of Denver. At the end of the spring term, 9,500 community members were authorized to be on campus. Just one week of classes between September 2020 and June 2021 had to transition from in-person to online instruction, and a total of 4,282 class sections were held on campus, just under half of what would occur in a normal year.

 spit-lab-covid-testing "typeof =" foaf: Image "/></div><p> <span> <span> Accomplishing all of this required extensive testing and eventually, once it became available, the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Last summer, the University installed a carepod dedicated to testing. Working in partnership with National Jewish Health, the University administered 87,194 nasal swab RT-PCR tests and 2,118 antigen tests on campus. In January, DU launched its own saliva laboratory <span
class= that introduced the salivary RT-PCR test. The campus lab processed 79,340 saliva tests, tripling the level of tests performed during the fall quarter. In total, 168,652 COVID-19 tests were conducted on campus during the academic year. In addition, DU analyzed sewer samples from six dormitories several times a week. Along with the faculty and staff dedicated to these efforts, more than 100 graduate and undergraduate students benefited from the experiential learning associated with assisting in the labs and in the field.

Be First to Comment

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *