ADA — Area colleges and universities are planning face-to-face education in the fall, despite the pandemic which caused all of them to go to remote learning.
Ohio Northern University in Ada has already revised its calendar for in-person education.
“Of course, we are going to do so with the goals of protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and aligning our practices with what the state guidelines want us to do,” said Dan DiBiasio, president of Ohio Northern University. “That revised academic calendar is an early start, early finish calendar. We plan to start the semester two weeks earlier than normal on Monday, August the 10th and we plan to complete our fall semester with our finals week, November 16th to 20th. So November 20 will be the last day of our fall semester so that students can return home prior to Thanksgiving and not return until our spring semester.”
Rhodes State College, in Lima, is approaching fall with a blended approach.
“What we’re going to do for fall is a hybrid delivery method which is basically a combination of online and then on-campus learning and then also face-to-face classes, which will mostly be our laboratories,” said Paula Siebeneck, director of marketing for Rhodes State College.
The University of Northwestern Ohio, in Lima, is still working out details on how face-to-face education might work in the fall.
“The University of Northwestern Ohio is still awaiting official guidance from the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Governor’s office on when we plan to bring students back to campus,” a University Cabinet statement read. “We have moved all summer courses online for all colleges and we hope to return in the fall to a face-to-face environment, but that decision will be made in the coming weeks. Regardless, returning to campus will look much different than in previous years as we make adjustments to every learning environment with the focus on the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the overall Lima/Allen County community.”
Bluffton University is making plans for in-person education in the fall.
“Bluffton University will return to on-campus living and learning for the fall semester on Aug. 17 for traditional undergraduates,” stated Jane Wood, president of Bluffton University in a posting to the university’s website. “This moves the start date of the fall semester up by two weeks and allows students to finish fall semester classes by Thanksgiving break, with some finals completed remotely after Thanksgiving. Students will not return to campus for the spring semester until January. We believe this minimizes the risk of virus spread from students, faculty and staff travel during the holidays.”
All of the schools will implement social distancing plans along with access to plenty of hand sanitizer.
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