CSUs to offer mostly online classes in the fall semester, with few exceptions

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The California State University system has announced that universities will be primarily offering online courses for the fall.

During the CSU Board of Trustees meeting today, Chancellor Timothy White announced that the vast majority of classes will be offered online, with some exceptions for courses where students need to be on campus in order to participate.

“The planning framework for course deliver has been and will continue to necessarily be, virtual,” he said.

The decision comes as Fresno State had been considering scenarios for the fall that included online-only classes.

“The California State University Chancellor’s Office provided guidance on what’s expected to be a largely virtual-instruction environment for the majority of the 23 CSU campuses this fall, including criteria for allowing exceptions for in-person courses,” according to a letter sent by Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Fresno State, and Debbie Adishian-Astone, Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer.

A list of course exceptions that would still happen on campus has not yet been released.

The letter went on to say their goal is quality education.

“Our priority is to continue to provide a quality education for our students, ensuring their progress to obtaining a degree, while also sustaining a safe and productive working environment for our dedicated faculty and staff.”

This approach to virtual planning is necessary for many reasons. First and foremost is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff, and the evolving data surrounding the progression of COVID-19 – current and as forecast throughout the 2020-21 academic year. This planning approach is necessary because a course that might begin in a face-to-face modality would likely have to be switched to a virtual format during the term if a serious second wave of the pandemic occurs, as forecast. Virtual planning is necessary because it might not be possible for some students, faculty and staff to safely travel to campus. 

CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White

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