CMU to remain open, welcome students back this fall

More face-to-face classes scheduled, activities anticipated

| Author: Heather Smith

​Throughout the past year, Central Michigan University was one of few higher education institutions that remained open and operational, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Bob Davies said in an email to campus last week the university will remain open this fall, and many more face-to-face classes are scheduled and campus activities are anticipated.

"Last fall, we set an ambitious goal to offer an on-campus, in-person learning environment for students because it is how many of our students learn best," Davies said. "Our campus community not only adapted well but excelled, despite numerous challenges. This fall on campus will only be more successful and vibrant."

Davies said that more than 75% of CMU's currently scheduled fall courses have a face-to-face component. More than half are entirely face-to-face, while an additional 26% include strong in-person components through HyFlex and Hybrid course modalities.

Of the courses being offered entirely face-to-face, most are at capacity constraints under current COVID-19 protocols.

"This tells us our students want in-person options, and everyone at CMU is Fired Up to make it happen," Davies said. "As we continue to follow health and safety protocols, these course modalities are subject to change and we may be able to have even more students in the class."

Fall 2021 semester classes begin Aug. 30, and CMU's first-ever fall wellness break is scheduled for Oct. 11-12. 

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