The 23-campus California State University, the largest four-year college system in the US, has announced that it will stick with online instruction for most of its classes in the spring semester. The early notice of that decision, CSU said in its announcement, was given largely to help students and their families start making plans, and to help the campuses obtain the necessary accreditation approvals for online instruction.
Most US institutions – including CSU – have allowed students to return to their campuses, even as most courses are offered in online formats. That in turn has led to more than 60,000 new on-campus infections nationwide, and several institutions cancelling in-person teaching and evicting students from their campuses.
The CSU system largely serves students in their local communities, with only about 15 per cent of its students living in dormitories. Only about half that many are living on campus this autumn, with only about 7 per cent of all courses being offered in-person, a CSU spokesman said.