UE Pandemic Response and Campus Return






When the pandemic of 2020 began, the University of California, Riverside (UCR) was immediately focused on how to create a sense of community and how to ensure first-generation students were supported in a new, virtual environment. UCR transitioned rapidly to an online learning environment, and based on local and state circumstances, we transitioned online in March 2020 and are planned to continue to remain remote through September 2021. Prior to the pandemic, UCR had very few online courses, our students had little experience with online campus course environments and services, and our infrastructure through which to support students outside in-person interactions were both aging and inconsistent. At the start of the pandemic, UCR launched a series of First-Gen Chats, listening sessions, and social hours, via video chats for feedback and socialization. These sessions quickly informed the campus on how to adapt our structures and services, which areas were of critical need, and where we were falling short in supporting students. Out of these sessions and other efforts, we grew three new supports and services for students: ScottyBot, AskUCR, and Campus Collective, along with online learning support for teachers and students (Keep Teaching and Keep Learning). 

Pandemic Response

UCR RISE Classrooms 

UE in the News!

Return to Campus - Fall 2021

The pandemic has drastically impacted the global community, and the students of UC Riverside have not been immune to this turmoil. While some of the challenges brought on by the pandemic were foreseeable — financial hardship, stress and anxiety, widening achievement gaps, loss of learning, and racial inequities have been unpredictable. The long-term impacts are not yet known and the learning recovery path will vary among our students. Since the start of the pandemic, Undergraduate Education has been planning for and responding to these challenges. 

The initiatives that follow aim to amplify our efforts to address the unique needs of UCR’s student population, expand the reach of our internal programs, and strengthen collaborations between campus partners to have the most significant impact on students’ time to degree, retention and persistence, achievement gaps, and transfer success.  

These initiatives help build an ecosystem of learning that impacts:
●      Better Connections for Students
●      Stronger Achievement Outcomes
●      Higher Graduation Rates
●      Increased Satisfaction with the UCR Experience
●      Better Preparation for the Workforce and Graduate School

The following is a list of projects and programs that the campus is implementing to ensure student success.