Cal State Cancels Most On-Campus Classes For Fall Semester
By: Andrew Solender (Forbes)
California State University, the largest four-year public university system in the country, announced Tuesday that it would keep its 23 campuses mostly closed for the fall semester as colleges across the country grapple with decisions about how to safely educate their students on a long-term basis.
It's one of the first institutions of higher education to decide to shift almost entirely to online classes for the next semester, although the provost of Cal State, Fullerton had already announced in April that it was planning to enter the fall virtually.
However, there will be "limited exceptions" for essential labs and clinical nursing classes, which will restrict class sizes and require social distancing.
Chancellor Timothy White told CSU's board of trustees, "Our university, when open without restrictions and fully in person, is a place where over 500,000 people come together in close and vibrant proximity with each other on a daily basis. That approach, sadly, just isn't in the cards now."
Colleges around the country are grappling with how to respond to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, which threatens to persist well into the autumn with the possibility of a second wave.
Nearly 300 colleges across the country have said they plan to reopen their campuses in the fall, while dozens more are proposing various combinations of online and physical classes, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education .
Other colleges, including Harvard and Amherst, have said they're still weighing whether to cancel classes entirely, adopt a hybrid system or fully reopen in some form.