Making Remote Learning Work

June 12, 2020

For many students, remote learning during the 2020 spring term wasn't just a strange substitute for in-person classes--it was next to impossible. Or it would have been, had it not been for the support of the Alumni Annual Fund and the generosity of the Carleton community.

Many students lacked an Internet connection at home, or didn't have access to a computer. Others faced food insecurity when they left campus, knowing that their parents had been recently laid off due to the economic crisis that closely followed the pandemic. Still others didn't even have the means to get home.

The dean’s office immediately turned to the Student Assistance Fund, which derives its funding from support donated to the Alumni Annual Fund (AAF). Fueled by the generosity of alumni, parents, and friends of the college, the Annual Fund already supports college priorities such as financial aid. When the pandemic upended spring term, four new priorities emerged: travel, housing, technology, and health.

“The Alumni Annual Fund allows us to pivot unexpectedly and immediately apply resources where they are needed most,” says Nicole Schroeder, director of the AAF. “It’s a powerful resource that supports a distinctly Carleton experience for all students and lays the foundation for a lifelong connection to the college.”

Read more about specific ways the Alumni Annual Fund is helping students in the spring issue of Inside Carleton. And to lend your support to students, please visit Carls Help Carls