COVID-19 Changing How Education Is Delivered
The novel coronavirus pandemic is changing how education is delivered at universities and colleges. Since the coronavirus emerged in the U.S. in late February to early March, college and university campuses have closed and students are taking classes online. Some educational institutions have decided to move toward a hybrid model of education delivery. Hybrid models mean some classes will be taught in person, while others are offered remotely. Universities, such as Chicago State University, are offering in person, online and hybrid classes. Illinois State University is offering all online classes, except classes students need to graduate. Those classes are offered in-person.
The University of Illinois offers both online and in person classes. SIU is offering in-person classes. Private universities, such as Loyola, offer classes online, while DePaul University is offering in-person and online courses. In other states, Notre Dame, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, halted in-person instruction because of widespread outbreaks linked to off-campus gatherings.
As more universities abandon plans to reopen and decide to offer online classes this fall, students are beginning to demand tuition consideration. Among the latest schools facing pressures to lower tuition are Michigan State University and New York’s Ithaca College. Earlier when the pandemic first hit, students at the University of Chicago demanded a reduction in tuition. Petitions to cut tuition have emerged at schools from Rutgers University in New Jersey to the University of California.
As the coronavirus continue to intensify, more students will likely demand a reduction in tuition, which could result in major hits on the revenue of higher education budgets. Less revenue translates into staff cuts and a reduction in overall operating and capital budgets. The result will bring a far-reaching transformation of education.