University Leaders Answer Questions, Discuss Returning to Campus This Fall During Facebook Live

Kent State University Interim Senior Vice President and Provost Melody Tankersley, Ph.D., and Vice President for Enrollment Management Mary Parker, Ed.D., recently shared updates about academics and enrollment, respectively, while engaging with the university community.

They answered live questions on the university’s Facebook page about fall semester class schedules, what to expect regarding face-to-face and remote learning, student life and other support systems in place to aid the return to campus.

Tankersley discussed how faculty enhanced their remote courses from the final weeks of spring semester in order to better engage students this fall. 

“We had over 400 of our faculty members take workshops this summer, weeklong workshops, on how to engage students better through remote instruction,” she said. “I’m anticipating some really incredible things happening in our remote instruction. I can’t thank our faculty enough for all that they’ve put into upping their game for the upcoming semester.”

Parker also addressed the support systems in place for students as they return to campus this fall, including academic advising, financial aid and the Kent State Emergency Grant Fund.

“We have awarded over 5,500 students, to date, more than $6 million in funds to help support students who have been impacted,” Parker said. “We have an emergency fund application out there that students can apply and be considered for.”

Both Tankersley and Parker mentioned that although the on-campus experience may look and feel a little different, students and families should know that all the changes are made with the Kent State community’s safety in mind.

“We will follow all of the state and national guidelines about keeping our community safe and healthy. That’s our number one goal,” Tankersley said. “We want to be together, but we want to be together safely.”

Watch the full session below:

Download the Facebook Live Transcript


For more information about fall enrollment, contact the Admissions Office at 330-672-3000 or

For more information about the university's response to COVID-19, visit the Kent State coronavirus page or contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000. 

POSTED: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 4:49pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 12:57pm
Eric Mansfield