First note that no decisions have been made yet, at any school, as to whether or when on-campus learning will resume. (see above) This is once again EssaySnark prognosticating. You probably know that most U.S. colleges and universities have moved all of Spring and all Summer courses too online, and many have fully canceled some of their bread-and-butter on-campus residential summer programming, such as when they bring high school students to campus, or when they offer executive education retreat thingies. Everything from now through Summer is being done remote. We know that much.
What about the Fall?
Even though we’ve been predicting for more than two weeks now that there will be no on-campus MBA programs starting up for Fall classes in the U.S., this is still only a prediction from the ‘Snark, and not a change that’s been officially announced anywhere.
At least, not yet.
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A lot of the problem at the moment is the wait-and-see approach. No school wants to be the first out of the gate with announcing the bad news. They’re hoping one of their peers will do it first and give them cover.
It’ll be interesting to see which school takes that first step, and how they do it. Or maybe a coalition of schools will join together and do so as a unified front.
Or maybe the U.S. will get their act together with testing, and we’ll figure out a way to certify individuals who’ve had it and recovered, then students can submit proof to the schools which will allow them to return to campus again. But if this solution is going to be viable, it had better be launched en masse across society soon. And we don’t really see any sign of that happening based on the lack of coordination and absence of leadership on the federal level.
It’s gonna be a long summer.