UC San Diego Recognized for Return to Learn Response to Pandemic

Test kit vending machines were one of the many innovations of UC San Diego's Return to Learn

UC San Diego responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with a level of innovation, compassion and collaboration that are unique to our university. We knew that our approach had to be as flexible, adaptive and multilayered as the pandemic was unprecedented. With this knowledge, our transformative Return to Learn program was born. 

Last week, the American Council on Education (ACE) recognized our successful program with its 2021 ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation. The award recognizes the evolution of institutions that have responded to higher education challenges in innovative and creative ways that allow the institution to thrive.

ACE/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation

Our success with the Return to Learn approach is a direct result of the hard work and collaborative spirit of our entire campus community. Our staff was the engine that kept campus running efficiently and effectively, while working remotely and on campus. Our faculty delivered education in new and creative ways to keep students engaged and uphold the academic rigor for which we are known. Our students embraced their responsibility as Tritons protecting Tritons. 

We are the first UC campus to be honored with this prestigous award. We could not have done it without our culture of collaboration and innovation. I am so proud of our faculty, health leadership, staff and students. This award recognizes each of you. Thank you.