The decision, announced by Chancellor Timothy White, begins about two weeks after the semester begins and three and a half months before the spring semester begins, not to make definitive plans to make CSU the first and largest university system in the country. Reopening for instruction of person after winter break.
“This decision is the only one available to us at this time,” White wrote in a letter to faculty, staff and students. “And it is the only one that supports our twin north stars protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of our teachers, staff, students and communities, as well as enabling degree progression for the greatest number of students. ”
About 500,000 students of the university system, spread across 23 campuses, will continue to learn with “predominantly virtual instruction” next year, White said, adding that “the population in campus housing has decreased.”
CSU, which has sued to recover campus-based student fees despite criticism and even closing its campuses last spring, was far ahead of the trend when it was announced in May that Most students will not return to in-class classes. Fall.
Leaders of individual campuses on Thursday acknowledged that the news could be shocking and disappointing for many students and staff. In a letter posted online, Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro wrote that many details, such as which courses will be offered and which faculty members will continue to work from home, have still not been mitigated yet, but he saw it as challenges presented by the epidemic. Is the best way to face
Castro wrote, “Now in early September, we can find out what to expect in the spring semester, we can implement each process individually and then start planning accordingly. ”
A number of factors ultimately led to the decision, according to White, including the continued spread of the virus, another anticipated wave of cases in March 2021 and testing infrastructure in California and at CSU and “still a work in progress” and lack . Timely results.
Since college students returned to campus last month, the virus spread to college towns.
For example, more than 400 students at San Diego State University have tested positive for the virus as students returned to their on-and-campus housing and the university decided to move forward with some in-person classes . In return, the university suspended all indoor classrooms and ordered the campus to be unlocked.
White wrote in a letter to faculty, staff and students that it is very expensive to test repeatedly and meaningfully with rapid results.As for the timing of the decision, White said he wanted to announce it before students choose their courses for the spring semester and provide ample preparation time for thousands of teachers and staff in the university system. According to White, CSU must commit to its academic program within the next month to obtain the necessary accreditation for its online courses.
“We learned from experience that announcing this decision now would allow faculty and staff to continue professional development or be even more effective in virtual space,” he wrote. “We also know that making decisions now will help our students and their families to plan appropriately.”