COVID-19 vs. higher education

Changes colleges/universities are making due to virus


Colleges such as Penn State are uncertain on how COVID-19 is going to affect the upcoming fall semester.

Hallie Spielman, Webmaster

With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the nation, colleges and universities have had to change their 2020-2021 academic year. Colleges like Clarion, Penn State, Kent State and more have had to start determining what they need to change in order to best prepare for next year.
Since the virus has changed education, colleges have to adapt in order to prepare for the next academic year. With college orientations, some colleges like Penn State have already made the change to host orientation over video call.
Classes for this upcoming fall semester, however, are largely still under consideration. Some colleges and universities have planned to open up their campuses if possible. There still is a possibility of online classes since there is a chance that COVID-19 might still be a major concern or even have another large increase of infections.
Knowing that an increase of COVID-19 is likely after ending the lockdown all around the country is slowly brought to an end, colleges and universities are taking into consideration how the virus is affecting households and future students.
Some colleges are considering freezing their tuition prices. However, like the virus itself, many elements of colleges’ plans are currently unknown.
While many plans for the seniors’ futures are currently unknown, it is hoped that colleges and universities will be able to open up and allow new students to adapt to college life. Yet, the plans will all depend on what will happen with the COVID-19 crisis that continues to harm people around the country.