Ivy League Schools Fall Semester Plan For Students During COVID-19
Universities have released their plans for the upcoming academic year. 60% are still planning to welcome students in-person, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
- 23% are opting for a hybrid model, 8% of schools are going fully online, and the remaining are working on their plan.
Princeton and Harvard released their plans. Princeton will welcome back roughly half of undergrads each semester, hold most classes online, and reduce tuition 10%.
Harvard's bringing back up to 40% of undergrads this fall. All courses are remote and the tuition is not changing.
Cornell is proceeding with a fully in-person semester after university researchers found that an online semester would result in more COVID-19 cases.
- Their reasoning: If classes go remote, 9,000 students will still return to Ithaca, but the school won't be able to enforce testing and social distancing.
Professors and instructors are not happy with the plans. They believe if students are rushed back to campus, it puts them and their families at risk.
- 800 Georgia Tech faculty members criticized the state university system for a reopening plan that makes mask-wearing optional (a policy at odds with most top public universities).
- In June, 1,100 Penn State faculty members petitioned for the right to bar students from classrooms if they don't wear masks.
Future Outlook: It wasn’t too long ago that colleges felt optimistic about reopening in the fall. Things took an unexpected turn and COVID-19 cases rose over the last few weeks. Things are looking uncertain for colleges and their model moving forward.