• Doug Most

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    Doug Most is a lifelong journalist and author whose career has spanned newspapers and magazines up and down the East Coast, with stops in Washington, D.C., South Carolina, New Jersey, and Boston. He was named Journalist of the Year while at The Record in Bergen County, N.J., for his coverage of a tragic story about two teens charged with killing their newborn. After a stint at Boston Magazine, he worked for more than a decade at the Boston Globe in various roles, including magazine editor and deputy managing editor/special projects. His 2014 nonfiction book, The Race Underground, tells the story of the birth of subways in America and was made into a PBS/American Experience documentary. He has a BA in political communication from George Washington University. Profile

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There are 13 comments on President Brown Outlines BU’s Path Forward through Pandemic

  1. I really do appreciate how our President keeps us informed as best as he can. I have been with the University for a little over 20 years, have a Senior here as well and always appreciated being a part of this community, I’m grateful to still be a part of this community!

  2. At what point will the essential staff be acknowledged for their tireless efforts of remaining in offices and meeting students, faculty, and staff face to face? The University has acknowledged Custodial staff for their extraordinary efforts, but what about Residence Life? Maintenance staff? Mail and Security services? These members have put their physical health and wellness on the line for weeks, and I don’t believe they have recieved any mention or level of gratitude from university leadership for their essential roles.

    1. I see this question has not been responded to though others have. What gives? We are still here. Still working in person. Still waiting to receive a thank you. To receive enough masks. I do not think essential employees are still working so they can hear thank you but it would be reasonable and even reassuring to be just as recognized as other key workers at this university at this time especially when we do not know if we will be fired at any point to save the university money.

  3. “For the students, we will bring back the residential environment of BU and it will be as strong as ever. We’ll get there. But now everyone has to just stay safe and be patient. And for faculty and staff, we are financially strong. We’re in better shape than the University has ever been. And we’re doing everything we can to manage our way through this.”

    I know these are tough times, but this quote honestly made me feel better. I will never take our busy, alive campus for granted again. We’ll get through this together.

  4. I continue to be impressed with BU’s response to coronavirus. It has been a rocky road, but I feel consistently informed of the administration’s response. I am grateful for the decision to postpone graduation, I appreciate that as a gesture that shows that BU cares about its graduating students. To read in this interview why that decision was important to President Brown is really cool.

  5. President Brown says, “We basically have the entire staff on flextime right now.” That’s not accurate. Most of the staff is working remotely, but the provost’s office has made it clear that they are all expected to work normal business hours, which is particularly challenging for the parents of young children.

    Also, I’m encouraged to hear that the university is doing alright financially. In an email President Brown previously sent to BU staff and faculty, he assured faculty that no one would be laid off but specifically said he could not guarantee the same for staff. It has caused a lot of staff members to worry during this uncertain time.

  6. Ho avuto il piacere di conoscere alcuni membri della vostra Università…anche una mia parente,sono sicura che sarà un’ ottima occasione per realizzare grandi cose dopo un periodo così particolare.
    Cordialità
    Elisabetta Veterone

  7. Thank you President Brown and senior leadership for your stellar guidance which has made BU the strong and flexible institution you are masterfully steering through these unimaginably challenging times. Hearing President Brown’s words and confidence that we will not only make it through this but become even better is just one more great reason why we all know that you are an excellent leader. Words like yours are sorely needed in these dismal times and were much appreciated. Thank you for all you do for us! Your hard work is always noticed even if we don’t regularly have a way to thank you for it. I bet lots of others feel this same way so here’s a big THANK YOU from all of BU!

  8. Please PUBLICLY clarify the university’s contingency planning for a January 2021 restart. The media has picked up on the fact that you are planning for the “what if” possibility that BU cannot restart in a residential mode in the fall and reporting it as a more definite “BU may not start until January 2021”. Students are constantly texting and stressing about this statement.

    1. Thank you for writing. Our story has been amended to clarify. “The Recovery Plan recognizes that if, in the unlikely event that public health officials deem it unsafe to open in the fall of 2020, then the University’s contingency plan envisions the need to consider a later in-person return, perhaps in January 2021.”

  9. Seems like many of the comments are from Faculty and Staff at BU – I am from a very different segment, a Parent of a Freshman student. I am a 15-year Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco and I’m about to start my class virtually for, of course, the first time. I have observed my son taking a couple of virtual classes that were, frankly, very poorly executed. One class had a teacher on mute for most of the discussion, despite students telling her, and in another session, the professor openly acknowledged that her connection was poor because her teenage kids had jumped online during her lecture. Please raise the bar. Going virtual in education can not mean “sort-of” or “oh well”. Require all professors to follow the basic rules – use a head set, get everyone else off the web during class, light your face, use an external camera instead of staring down at your computer, etc. Students who do poorly on tests, well they still do poorly on tests. But professors that can’t educate virtually can’t just be “ok”.

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