Unc Faculty Chair as the School Becomes the Latest Higher Education Institution to Backtrack Its Decision to Hold in-Person Classes.

August 18, 2020

I hope that our experience will be a real service to the country and to other institutions like ours, in how they think about these things …

  • The University of North Carolina announced its decision on Monday. One week after opening in-person classes on August 10, the COVID-19 positivity rate rose from 2.8% to 13.6%, causing the school to revert to remote instruction for the time being. On Tuesday, the University of Notre Dame also temporarily suspended in-person classes when more than 15% of those tested for COVID-19 received positive results after a week of in-person classes.
  • Meanwhile, the University of Connecticut, has revoked online housing for some students who disregarded social distancing guidelines and held parties.
  • BIG PICTURE: To date, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, over 30% of higher education institutions are conducting classes full or primarily online, and about 15% are employing an in-person / online hybrid.

by Jenna Lee,