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Some colleges plan only online classes in spring. Some don’t

Classes ‘will remain in our current format, primarily distance learning with select sections of skills labs on campus,’ the college said.

Colleges and universities in Delaware have developed different plans for spring classes. Here’s the latest:

Delaware State University

No decision has yet been made, a spokesman for the Dover school said today.

Delaware Tech

Delaware Technical Community College, which has campuses in all three counties, has told students that will continue in a virtual mode this spring, with a few labs continuing to run face to face.

“I have determined that the spring 2021 academic semester will remain in our current format, primarily distance learning with select sections of skills labs on campus,” Mark T. Brainard, the college president, wrote in a letter to the campus community, posted on Thursday.

“While this is clearly disappointing and frustrating to many students, their families, and college employees, this decision is being made with health and safety, first and foremost, being our primary consideration,” he continued.”

Goldey-Beacom College

The Pike Creek college, which this fall is handling all classes online, is planning for a hybrid model in the spring semester, its president said today.

“Everything is online right now – all DBA, graduate and undergraduate classes,” Colleen Perry Keith said in a statement, referring to the doctor of business administration program.

“Ordinarily, DBA is hybrid, and all other graduate and undergraduate classes are face-to-face. We would like to have a combination of hybrid, online and face-to-face for spring 2021 and are planning that, but we also understand we may need to pivot again.”

University of Delaware

The University of Delaware will try to slow its financial losses in the spring by making sure its dorms are 50 percent filled and also by offering more in-person classes to draw students to its Newark campus.

Wilmington University

The university, which has multiple campuses in several states, announced today that all classes will be online in the spring.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state of Delaware are reporting 21,466 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Delaware and 645 deaths. The daily numbers of confirmed cases are increasing,” President LaVerne T. Harmon wrote in the announcement.

“For this reason, we will continue to work and conduct all courses remotely through the spring 2021 semester, which is May 2.”

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