6 snapshots of how colleges and universities plan to reopen safely

Plans include early starts, reduced density in classrooms and residence halls, and extensive health screenings
By: | June 17, 2020
Sweet Briar College will the first higher ed institution in Virginia to open for the 2020-21 school year when in-person classes resume on Aug. 11.Sweet Briar College will the first higher ed institution in Virginia to open for the 2020-21 school year when in-person classes resume on Aug. 11.

Dozens of college administrators are now revealing their COVID-era plans to provide face-to-face instruction and on-campus residential experiences in fall 2020.

The plans, which span the country, include early starts and endings for the fall semester, reduced density in classrooms and residence halls, and extensive testing of students, faculty and staff. Here are snapshots of six reopening plans:

  1. The George Washington University aims for on-campus ‘to the greatest extent possible.’
  2. Purdue University envisions major campus redesigns.
  3. High Point University preps for in-person summer session.
  4. Sweet Briar College uses size to its advantage
  5. American University turns fall break into career prep program
  6. Penn State launches phased return to campus

UB’s coronavirus page offers complete coverage of the impacts on higher ed.


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