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Education & COVID-19: Interviews With Small, Private Universities Looking To Reopen In Fall

Chapman University.
Chapman University.
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While public university community college systems have announced that their campuses will remain closed this fall, a handful of small, private universities in Southern California say they're making plans to welcome back students to campus.

Cal Lutheran University says it’s considering things like spreading out classes across days and times and moving classes into larger spaces, hybrid in-person/virtual instruction, and changing the start of the semester. Other universities are at different stages of planning for in-person reopenings. Pepperdine University in Malibu, Azusa Pacific University, and Chapman University in Orange all said they want students back on campus this fall, but final decisions to reopen will depend on guidelines from state and health officials in the coming weeks. Chapman is calling its planning the "CU Safely Back" initiative. Chapman officials say smaller class sizes and enrollment (about 10,000) give the university more flexibility to carry out social distancing and provide safety measures like masks and gloves to all students. The university plans to downsize dorm capacity to about a third of its current size, install temperature-taking stations around campus, and provide COVID-19 tests to students and employees.

Today on AirTalk, Larry talks with the provost of Champan about plans to reopen and the considerations school leaders are weighing as they move forward. Do you have questions? Call 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story from Adolfo Guzman-Lopez here


Glenn M. Pfeiffer, provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Chapman University, a private school in Orange, California 

Michael Thomas, president of Concordia University Irvine

Rukshan Fernando, interim provost at Azusa Pacific University, in Azusa, California