CHICO, Calif. – California State University, Board of Trustees, Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Tuesday that all CSU campuses will keep the majority of its instruction virtually for the fall 2020 semester.
Chico State President, Gayle Hutchinson said it’s planning for the majority of its fall courses and most student support services to be online or through alternative modalities.
Students are asked to plan for the majority of their fall 2020 courses to be online. Hutchinson said they’re considering possible course exceptions for a limited number of classes that would blend in-person and virtual instruction. Those courses would primarily have an experiential focus, such as field and clinical labs, performance and studio-arts classes, and capstone courses in engineering and agriculture departments.
“Any exception to offer in-person activities must go through a two-step approval process, beginning with the campus president and concluding with final approval from the Chancellor’s Office,” Hutchinson said in a press release.
Hutchinson said university leaders are working to create a limited list of prioritized in-person and blended courses for the fall 2020 semester, an announcement is expected to be made for students once it's created.
Additional details about the fall 2020 semester will be provided before the end of May, according to Hutchinson. Those details include plans for on-campus housing and dining, athletic programs, and student services. Along with information for faculty about fall instruction and summer opportunities for enhancing virtual and alternative-format education, as well as for staff regarding current and future telework.
Below is a full statement from Chico State President Hutchinson stated in a press release Tuesday afternoon:
“Finally, I express my deepest appreciation for the monumental efforts by students, faculty, and staff in transitioning to learning and working virtually for the spring semester. These are especially challenging and fast-changing times. Planning decisions are grounded in our dedication to providing students with the best possible educational experience while protecting the safety and welfare or students, faculty, staff, and local communities as we respond to this unprecedented public health emergency. In fact, Chico State’s mission and commitment to student success have never been more vital. During these difficult times, I encourage students to persist in their pursuit of a degree and resist the temptation to pause or stop out."