BGSU Leaders, Uniquely Brilliant or [Fill in the Blank]?

This week, BGSU’s leaders re-doubled their commitment to opening the campus physically this fall, rather than going online. This decision runs counter to historical and prevailing evidence concerning universities’ experience with public health in general and COVID-19 specifically. But maybe, somehow, BGSU’s leadership is uniquely brilliant, and thus has solved the problems other institutions’ leaders have not. Fill in the blanks below with your evaluation of BGSU leadership’s decision-making.

Leading, rigorous COVID-19 models all point to significant, continued deaths through the beginning of September. Nonetheless, from August 26 on BGSU will be able to keep itself and the surrounding community nearly case-free after thousands of students descend from around Ohio and around the country.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

Historically, American college administrators, despite being armed by significant willpower and research, have struggled in vain to eliminate underage drinking. But starting August 26, BGSU will have figured out how to greatly reduce both alcohol consumption and other risky behaviors that would lead to the spread of the virus.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

A top scholar on the contemporary psychology of young people and risky behavior says that counting on privileged, 18-24-year-olds to refrain from risky behavior likely to spread coronavirus is “a fantasy.” BGSU’s leadership, however, has found a way to prevent such behavior.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

As of June 22, many university football teams—that is, small, relatively disciplined populations with significant resources—had had players contract the virus. BGSU will be able to ensure that, with fewer resources per capita and less supervision, it will be able to keep up to 15,000 students safe.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

As of July 29, researchers had found at least 6,600 cases tied to 270 colleges. That’s in summer, with smaller populations and lower population density; institutions with larger outbreaks may not have responded (BGSU did not respond to the survey, although it had cases among athletes here for the summer). Unlike those institutions, BGSU will be able to prevent the spread of the virus with students on and off campus.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

Despite having pledges similar to the one that BGSU is asking all students to sign, students at Syracuse University have already been busted for off-campus partying, as have students at the University of Louisville; students at the University of North Carolina and the University of California, Berkeley have been observed partying off-campus, too. But BGSU will be able to clamp down on off-campus socializing.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

Young people are more likely to be asymptomatic–and often undetected—carriers of the disease, but even asymptomatic carriers are susceptible to serious, long-term effects. As one expert notes, “People who are thinking, especially young people: ‘(It’s a) mild disease, you know. I might not even have any symptoms, and I’m over it.’ Whoa. The data is suggesting otherwise. There’s evidence of myocardial damage, cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, decreased ejection fractions, pulmonary scarring and strokes.” There’s serious concern about long-term heart damage, even from mild cases . But BGSU will be able to prevent the asymptomatic spread of the disease.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?

This week, while Johns Hopkins University, Loyola University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the University of Virginia , Virginia State University, Smith College, Princeton University, Santa Clara University, Rutgers University, and others announced that they were going all or mostly online, BGSU leaders decided to pay out $3 million in the assumption that it can open safely.
BGSU leadership: Uniquely brilliant, or ________?