- Thirty-three campuses that are part of the University of California and California State University systems will probably remain mostly online during the fall semester, KCBS-TV reported Tuesday.
- Both university systems said they would be taking a hybrid approach to the fall semester, with most courses online and a few classes in-person like labs and interactive engineering programs.
- Students have expressed frustration over the value of their education without in-person classes, with some students signing petitions and filing lawsuits demanding refunds on their tuition.
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Colleges in the University of California and California State University systems are planning to remain mostly online heading into the fall semester, KCBS-TV reported Tuesday.
The two systems have a combined 33 campuses.
A spokesman for the University of California system told KCBS-TV that it was "likely" that none of the system's 10 campuses would fully reopen in the fall and hinted at a "mixed approach" in the coming semester.
"We will be exploring a mixed approach with some material delivered in classroom and lab settings while other classes will continue to be online," the spokesman, Stett Holbrook, wrote in an email.
Most classes at California State's 23 campuses are expected to remain online as well, with "limited exceptions for in-person activities that cannot be delivered virtually, are indispensable to the university's core mission and can be conducted within the rigorous standards of safety and welfare," the system's chancellor, Timothy White, told the board of trustees during an online call, KCBS-TV reported.
"This is a new and expensive reality for us," White said. "For those limited courses where in-person instruction is indispensable and can be justified, enrollment per section will be less."
The announcement came amid a flurry of student frustrations over the value of their education without in-person classes. Students have been signing petitions and lawsuits demanding reduced tuition and refunds, as colleges continue to speculate how they will financially make it through the coronavirus pandemic.
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