Harvard goes 100% virtual classes for 2020/2021

Looks like it might be with Zoom, as well.

I suspect this will be the first of many universities making this choice.



Not quite, but close.


Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) will bring up to 40 percent of undergraduates to campus for the fall semester, including all first-year students, Harvard announced today.

University President Larry Bacow, FAS Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay, and Danoff Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana co-authored a message to the FAS community that described the path forward, allowing first-years the opportunity to adjust to college academics and to begin creating connections with faculty and other classmates, while learning on campus in September.

The College will address gaps in students’ home learning environments and identify those who need to return to campus to continue to progress academically. Students on campus will move out before Thanksgiving and complete reading and exams periods from home.

“Harvard was built for connection, not isolation. […]


(Harvard Law and 5 other professional schools go online only in 2020/2021.)


Still looks like online classes, even for the students allowed to physically be present.

"Each of the pathways she described envisions how to bring students safely back to campus and at what pace. One possibility is a fall semester with a low-density campus (much as things are currently), while another is a medium-density plan with 30 to 40 percent of undergrads (2,000 to 2,500) on campus. A third path welcomes all undergraduates (or those who can and want to return and don’t have travel restrictions) to a high-density campus.

Regardless of which path forward is chosen, students will continue to engage in remote learning next year, with only rare exceptions."


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