Colleges and universities have looked for myriad ways to cope with the impact of the pandemic on their financial circumstances and the college experience they can provide. Now some are utilizing lessons learned to develop detailed plans to bring more students onto campus early next year. Others remain less optimistic and more cautious.
It was a tough fall semester for many American colleges and universities, with declining enrollment, canceled classes and sporting events, widespread Zoom fatigue and enough coronavirus-infected students nationwide to fill three and a half Rose Bowls. But many university officials say that lessons from the fall will allow them to do something many experts considered unthinkable a few months ago: bring even more students back onto campus in January and February, when classes resume for the spring.