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Interview With Cal State University Chancellor Timothy White, As CSU Moves Classes Online In Fall

Luckman Center at Cal State University-Los Angeles.
Luckman Center at Cal State University-Los Angeles.
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The 23-campus California State University system will conduct almost all of its classes online for the fall 2020 semester, Chancellor Timothy White said today.

In an announcement during the online CSU Board of Trustees meeting, White said a few exceptions will be made for instruction that can not be effectively delivered online, like nursing classes and essential lab courses.

But most students will continue with the remote learning classes that started in March when campuses were shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak. White told the trustees that "evolving data" from public health officials show the potential for a second wave of COVID-19 in the fall and into 2021.

"Experts also point out that immunity in the population is now approaching the 2 to 3% range and needs to be in the 60 to 80% range to begin to achieve the so-called herd immunity," White told the trustees. "That won't happen during the next 18 months. And there is no vaccine yet. And while hope springs eternal, it is unlikely that one will become widely available throughout the coming, academic year."

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Timothy White, chancellor of the California State University, which is comprised of 23 campuses, over 480,000 students and 53,000 faculty and staff