As the fall approaches, many colleges are grappling with how to conduct classes — in person or online? It’s not a decision made lightly, taking into account issues of health, safety, equity, access, affordability, and logistics. For too many colleges already facing precarious finances, the issues can be existential.
The Atlantic gathered higher education leaders and experts from universities, community colleges, and the like, to explore the different approaches to a reopen. What is the best way forward? How are institutions considering the value of higher education in this new landscape? And how can schools prioritize safety, while also providing the full breadth of college experiences and opportunities?