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As extends Get ready for summer, colleges are announcing their plans to resume instruction person in the fall. However, some trends stand out.

Many of the institutions that plan to return in the fall are colleges and four-year colleges, especially those that are private. Institutions plan to continue with the virtual instruction are predominantly public two years. decision

There are several factors that are influencing decisions leaders for the fall semester. While vary from one university to another, there are broader trends in each sector.

"As we got to watch the fall semester was really an issue of science and mathematics," said Joe May, president of the Dallas County Community College District.

May and other leaders of the problems of the district scale interventions against public health security. The university serves 162,000 students each year. When leaders looked screening of 40,000 students per day for symptoms of COVID-19, May said, they realized it was not a feasible task.

"Even if we were to get this down to just 10 to 15 seconds per person as they were going through that process, which would create lines, which is also a health risk and would create delays enter, "he said.

The district also has some advantages. It is a commuter campus, as many two-year colleges are, so you are not losing significant part of the income residential housing, dining services and parking fees that many four-year institutions trust.

"provide a residential campus experience is not really part of what we are, but it's a big part of what universities offer" May said. "Often students choose institutions both on campus life opportunities as do academic opportunities. His leadership is well aware of this and understand that students something they are considering."

The University community announced its decision. continue teaching mostly online in the fall on May 7, as well as some universities are still waiting for a decision

relatively announcement soon came because of the university response to that question - ¿what to do in the fall? - It was pretty easy after looking at the numbers, May said. Leaders of the Dallas district also wanted to get a decision from students sooner rather than later, so they can start planning.

Dallas a survey among its students and found that about 52 percent would consider taking online classes because of the pandemic. Comments on the survey also made college realize that maintaining trust with students would be important.

However, some people have questioned the decision, May said. When he asked if he felt political pressure to reopen as governor starts from Texas to lift restrictions on businesses, policy makers and state leaders said they have not been too critical to the face

" At the same time, '. m well aware that the global climate, "he said. "Frankly, I understand that everyone wants to return to normalcy What we have to weigh is that it is not ready, aim, fire focus really has to be a very thoughtful approach is more than health -.... What really it is confidence. what we offer our students every day is that they can trust us to provide quality education at a reasonable cost, and they do not want to trade that do not want to have to your health. they want both. "

facing the future, May said he and university leaders are still working on the development of how to deliver courses and laboratory technicians safely in person as they are the most difficult to replicate online.

"We realized we were not thinking about social distancing when we laboratories together," he said. The space will have to be duplicated in certain areas.

Students returning to school for classes will be asked to take your temperature regularly and report information in an application, said May.

"I realized the one hand, it is complicated," he said. "On the other hand, for us, it is quite simple in terms of how we ensure education and security at scale."

A community college in Indiana outlier

On the other hand, some community colleges are committed to the reopening of schools in the fall. Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana system of two-year institutions, plans to provide flexibility to students.

75,000 college students have the option of attending courses in person or online, and hybrid options, according to sue ellspermann, president of the university. It has not yet decided what percentage of courses available face to face, but the plan is to give students the flexibility to change the way they attend class from week to week.

Ivy Tech is already a major provider of online courses and was building out its capacity for more than a year before the outbreak of the epidemic, Ellspermann said. However, some students still prefer face-to-face interactions, and studies have shown that most vulnerable students tend to do better in person.

"We want to be available for students who prefer the face to face experience on campus. We will do so consistent with the guidelines of our governor and federal guidelines," he said. "We believe we can do that, and we believe we have the best ability as a community college to be flexible to the needs of our students, and we must bow to that flexibility."

The risk of reopening is also less in some respects because the university does not have residence halls where people live, he said. If the virus resurfaces, the university can go completely virtual again within a weekend, he said.

Ivy Tech's announcement came on Tuesday. Students wanted to know definitely what the fall would look like, Ellspermann said.

"We believe that, for some, this will help them choose community college," he said. "The most important thing is that they know they will have a choice of several methods."

Ellspermann also emphasized the goal of the state to increase its rate achieved by the year 2025. Community colleges are the gateway to higher education, he said.

"to the extent that door can be opened as widely as possible, including online, hybrid courses and face-to-face, we believe it is important to ensure that our neighbors, residents of Indiana, can thrive, "he said.

mostly, however, community colleges are hosted online or find some kind of intermediate state for fall.

Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma, expected. an offer of 25 percent or less of their courses in a format face to face in the fall

unveiled a plan on May 6 to offer instruction in several ways: online, live online, mixed and face -to-face.

workshops in programs such as manufacturing or nursing need to be taught in person, said Leigh Goodson, president and CEO of the university. However, some general education courses, will also be offered on campus.

"There are some of our students who may not have the comfort with technology to take all classes online," he said. So the university will offer courses in large spaces on campus, which will be reused in the classroom.

The early announcement gives teachers time to prepare for the fall, Goodson said. Also it gave staff time to redo the fall schedule to allow various forms and adequate social distancing for courses.

The decision not totally in person instruction was also relatively easy to Tulsa. The campus simply have not enough square footage to allow all students to properly distance themselves from each other, he said.

Tulsa also has sports or residences, which made the decision easier. But it's not so simple for many institutions, Goodson said.

"I think everyone comes from a different place in this decision," he said. "I have no idea what kind of resources they have at their disposal. I think there will be very few institutions that are not planning to have a plan backup. Although we will have 20 percent of our courses in person, we will be ready to swing quickly. "


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