California State University Plans For A Virtual Fall

Friday, May 22, 2020

Colleges and high schools across the country that have already made the switch to online college and online learning as a response to the covid-19 pandemic now have to make decisions regarding the upcoming Fall 2020 semester or quarter. The California State University (CSU) System appears to be planning for a virtual fall.

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California State University campuses, such as the San Diego State University campus shown in the image, have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of May 12, it appears that the California State University (CSU) System is working on a virtual planning approach for the upcoming fall semester. The CSU System includes many top rated public colleges and universities such as California State University Northridge, California State University Los Angeles, California State University Long Beach.

Timothy White, the CSU chancellor, announced this decision at a virtual Board of Trustees meeting.

Mikhail Zinshteyn, a reporter at CalMatters, first reported this news. CSU’s website livestream confirmed the news.

White has cited expert predictions that COVID-19 is likely to spike again at the end of the summer and again in flu season. This is the reason to take precautionary measures and plan for virtual instruction to protect people’s safety.

White did leave the possibility for resuming some face-to-face instruction open. He said that the CSU system needs to plan for virtual instruction and online classes even if fall classes were to resume as normal. This is their plan in case the virus resurges and the university and its students have to quickly transition to virtual online college classes.

But, most likely, courses will either use hybrid models or be solely online and virtual. On-campus housing will also be limited.

Some classes, such as labs and clinicals, will stay as in-person as possible while resources allow.

“This virtual planning approach preserves as many options for as many students as possible. Anything done on a campus this fall won’t be as it was done in the past,” says White.

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