Our commitment to programming this Fall
Verto Education’s Fall Programming Scenario Plan
In these unprecedented times, we at Verto Education are focused on providing students, parents, and counselors with clear, calm, and transparent communication. Colleges around the world are asking – what will the fall semester look like? Seniors who have missed life milestones, such as prom and graduation, are wondering if their freshman year will suffer the same fate of socially distanced classrooms and remote learning.
Many students, parents, and high school counselors have asked good questions about scenario planning. If you are reading this, you likely share the same questions. At Verto, transparency and open communication are core organizational values. With that in mind, we are sharing with you our full plan to ensure that students will start college with us, in-person, this fall.
By this point you likely know what makes college with Verto Education so different:
- A better way to start college: Starting college with Verto gives students a leg up on life, both academically and in life experience.
- College admissions: Applying to partner colleges directly through Verto can increase the chances of admission to your reach school.
- Affordable semesters: Verto offers the highest-quality college semesters in the world at an affordable price.
What you might not know about Verto, is that we are more likely to safely operate in-person classes this fall than most colleges worldwide. Why?
Many colleges may be forced to run exclusively online courses this fall because of their dependence on brick and mortar facilities on one main college campus. However, Verto Education is positioned to deliver our courses and semesters in varied locations, both within and outside of university campuses. This agility allows us to remain committed to our belief that the most impactful education experiences happen in person, not online or bound by a classroom.
Scenario A: Verto Education Semesters Abroad, as Planned
We continue to monitor the evolving pandemic very closely. There are early trends indicating progress towards stabilization, and we’re cautiously optimistic that this progress will continue. Here are a few reasons why, with nearly five months to go before the semester starts, we are feeling confident in our ability to offer an in-person semester of college.
Verto Education: With locations in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Costa Rica, England, and Spain, Verto will have multiple options to run our semesters safely. As always, safety is our first priority, and we are closely monitoring Spain’s progress in particular in partnership with our local campus partner.
Traditional Colleges: A college typically only has one location. If that area is still a high-risk area (NYC, San Francisco or Boston, for example), they may need to cancel in-person classes and provide only a distance learning option for the start of the semester.
Small Class Sizes
Verto Education: With a 7 to 1 staff to student ratio, we have small group sizes. Simply put, we don’t have large halls and auditoriums full of students. Our field semesters, in particular, are mobile units prioritizing immersive education experiences without the need to gather in large groups. If necessary, this will allow us to more effectively implement social distancing and other safety measures fluidly.
Traditional Colleges: College campuses are essentially small cities, and they will likely have a harder time opening up, much akin to concerts and sporting events. Even if they do open up, students will likely need to practice social distancing on campus which could include alternating between days in a lecture hall and online for their courses.
Verto Education: Verto always puts every dollar of tuition directly towards ensuring the best student experience, and we will not make any cuts toward providing the best possible education anywhere in the world this fall. Our investment in the student experience also benefits local economies and communities.
Traditional Colleges: Keep in mind that many colleges will need to make significant cutbacks for this fall, which has the potential to negatively impact student experience. Many colleges are struggling financially, and this instability is worthy of consideration by students and parents.
Scenario B: Domestic Semester in Hawaii
If at any point, domestic travel is the only possible and safest option, students enrolled elsewhere can join our Hawaii semester. Here are the reasons Verto chose Hawaii as the location for our US semester:
- Hawaii provides an incredibly immersive and engaging cultural experience, while still being a domestic location. Semesters in Hawaii will allow Verto to continue running incredible programs without the potential and varied concerns of international travel health and safety.
- Hawaii has maintained very low numbers of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths from coronavirus. These numbers are expected to continue to decrease, and our trusted partners feel confident in our ability to run programs here in the fall.
- We have an amazing team of program leaders and talented college faculty, in addition to a beautiful basehouse in Hawaii that will provide students with an exceptional experience and learning environment.
All of our normal safety protocols, course sizes, and student experiences will remain in place during our Hawaii semester. Delivering a program within the U.S. allows us to confidently deliver a successful semester if lingering health concerns remain or a resurgence of illness develops internationally.
Scenario C: Hybrid 8 Weeks Online & 4 Weeks in Person
Verto Education offers a hybrid semester with 8 weeks of online courses and 4 weeks of in-person experience abroad in safe travel destinations. If we are unable to confidently provide a safe environment for students at the start of the fall semester, any Verto student has the option to enroll in this hybrid semester program.
In this case, our small class sizes, and partners like Minerva Education, a national leader in online education, will ensure that we are providing the best possible online experience. As soon as the world opens up and our safety standards are met, we’ll be ready to bring our students abroad for an impactful month of in-person learning.
The Verto Education Promise
Simply put, Verto Education is the most dynamic and agile college experience in the world. Our guarantee is to always put the safety of our students first, to provide the best 1st-year college experience in the world, and to innovate within higher education. We will continue to communicate with you transparently about our fall plans and remain agile with adjustments as needed. If any institution is safely running an in-person semester of college this year, it will be Verto Education.
Do you have further questions about Verto Education’s Fall Semester planning? Our President and Executive Leadership Team is available and cares. Reach out to us directly, anytime.
– Mitch, Mallory, Ben, Michael, Erin, Steve and Dave
More articles on Fall 2020 College Planning:
Verto Limits Fall Class Of 2020 To 500 Students: Read more about the decision to limit our fall class in order to ensure every Verto semester includes the customized support and immersive experience we’re known for delivering.
Verto Education Opportunity Grant: Learn more about this Verto grant which makes travel and education even more accessible and affordable for families.
Verto Education’s Fall 2020 Enrollment Guarantee: Learn more about how Verto commits to making all our students first-year college students this fall, regardless of delivery mode.
Our Commitment to Safety on Verto Semesters Abroad: Hear from an industry expert, who also happens to be Verto’s Director of Health and Safety, on how Verto continues to manage health and safety concerns on our programs.