Tri-C's Fall Classes Will Blend In-Person, Remote Due To COVID-19
Cuyahoga Community College will offer a mixture of in-person and remote classes when the fall semester starts on Aug. 24.
Under the continuing shadow of the coronavirus, the majority of Tri-C’s classes will be taught remotely, with varied formats. Some will allow students to work at their own pace, others will have set meeting times and classes online. Other remote classes will be taught online with an occasional on-site component.
Up to 40 percent of next semester’s classes will be taught on the Tri-C campus or at one of its training centers, as certain classes heavily rely on face to face instruction and training with special equipment.
Students are being told campus life will include more coronavirus-related changes, such as social distancing protocols and health monitoring.
Tri-C President Alex Johnson said the goal is “for students to progress in their studies safely and without disruption.”
“With this mix of in-person and online courses, we’ve tried to balance an on-campus college experience with necessary precautions,” Johnson said.
Tri-C recently announced it was expecting a $25 million shortfall for the 2020-2021 academic year, due to a decrease in both state funding and enrollment, among other factors.
In response to the budget constraints, the community college is laying off 265 employees, 7.3 percent of the staff. The school also announced a hiring freeze and salary reductions, among other cost-cutting measures.