Colleges and universities across the country ceased face-to-face instruction in response to the novel Coronavirus. Temple University ended in-person instruction on Friday, March 13. Shortly thereafter, the university announced all Summer I courses will be offered online.
As the spring semester is winding down and the fall semester is approaching, university administrators across the nation are balancing reopening college campuses with the public health concerns. No decision has been announced regarding the fall semester at Temple University.
Professor of Sociology at Cornell University, Dr. Kim Weeden joined Matt Silverman to discuss her study examining the implications of resuming face-to-face classes at colleges. Results “suggest caution” when deciding whether to reopen colleges for face-to-face learning amid COVID-19.
Other universities announced their decisions to move classes online for the fall semester like California State University at Fullerton.
According to The Detroit News, Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson projects it’s “unlikely” for face-to-face classes to resume for the fall semester. However, just a short distance away, the University of Michigan is planning for a fall return to campus.
Some universities are eyeing a hybrid model, which means keeping larger classes online and smaller ones in-person. According to the Baltimore Sun, The University of Maryland system is exploring options like holding lectures with 200 students online and placing the smaller class sizes in the large lecture halls to employ social distancing.