Many local colleges are currently deciding how to proceed come fall semester and are preparing for all eventualities, including the possibility of in-person, online, or virtual classes, writes Susan Snyder for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Arcadia University in Glenside is vigorously working on redesigning around 1,000 of its courses to cover all three alternatives.
The school does not plan to require students to go on campus when the next semester starts but still expects that many will, according to Jeff Rutenbeck, Arcadia provost and senior vice president for student affairs.
“We decided about six weeks ago to commit to an all-modes approach,” said Rutenbeck. “It gives us real flexibility, not just for the fall but for the year.”
Meanwhile, Haverford College is still deciding which route it will take and will announce its plans on August 1.
Some faculties have said that with the proper classroom configuration and adequate protections in place, they would feel comfortable returning to brick-and-mortar classroom lessons.
“At some point, we’re going to have to take off the Band-Aid,” said Kathryne Corbin, an assistant professor of French at Haverford.
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