East Stroudsburg University will hold most of its classes remotely this fall.
Marcia G. Welsh, president, announced the plan in a statement on the university’s website.
“I must announce that East Stroudsburg University will be returning to remote learning for the majority of classes during the Fall 2020 semester,” she said in the statement. “While this will have major implications for many in our community, we must continue to always put your safety as a top priority. “While we were certain we could all return to campus with a ‘new normal’ this fall, we know now that this is not the safest, most realistic, option for our greater ESU community.”
Welsh said the university learned what worked and what didn’t from its rush to transition to remote learning during the last semester, and hopes it will be better able to offer a top quality education in a remote format. The university previously indicated its intent to return to normal classroom learning in the fall, but Welsh said administrators had always held onto the possibility that the school could fall back on remote learning.
“Though we didn’t think we would need to make this decision so soon, we were always prepared to make it. Further, our decision to keep the majority of classes online enables us to prepare for what we hope will be a more normal University experience when we reconvene for the Spring 2020 semester,” she said.
East Stroudsburg will offer a very limited number of classes in a hybrid format, meaning both remote and in-person, to assist students with student teaching, clinical placements and internships.
The University will offer a reduction in fees for such things as dining, housing, and other student fees impacted by the shift to remote learning. Most students will receive approximately a 4-15% reduction in charges.