Northern Michigan University has received an A grade for its Safe on Campus dashboard, which provides updated statistics on current and cumulative positive Covid-19 cases, quarantine/isolation counts and on-campus testing results, along with Marquette County's weekly tallies and links to related resources. The team at RateCovidDashboard.com reviewed 245 college and university sites nationwide.
NMU was one of 24 institutions that earned an A by scoring 10-11 out of 13 possible points. Dashboard ratings criteria included ease in readability, timeliness of updates, the types of data presented, and whether distinctions are made between students and faculty/staff.
“We believe faculty, students, staff and families should have clear and accessible information about how their institutions are monitoring Covid-19 spread, the results of Covid-testing programs, and clear information regarding the impact of Covid on all stakeholders, including the surrounding communities,” states the website about its team of medical school professors, students and a data analytics staff member.
“Our ratings are solely based on the information provided on the dashboard and does not evaluate the implementation of Covid-19 plans and mitigation strategies. We include community data because it is essential that all schools acknowledge the potential effects on and from surrounding communities.”
NMU's dashboard was developed by NMU Information Technology employees Tony Bertucci, Chris Danik and Genevieve Morgan. It is updated by Dr. Christopher Kirkpatrick, medical director of the NMU Health Center.
View the full ratings here.