Fewer Than 50 Percent of Institutions Plan on an In-Person Fall 2020

Dawn HilesChief Business Development OfficerJuly 30, 2020

On Wednesday, July 29, I opened The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Academe Today” to find that their ongoing tracking of institutional plans for fall 2020 now indicates that fewer than half of institutions are planning for a fully “in-person” fall.

The way the numbers have been changing has been fascinating to watch, and the piece on Wednesday brought the data together for the first time, showing snapshots of May 8, June 24, and July 27. The number of institutions planning on a fully online fall has doubled in just a month to 14 percent, as has the number that will roll out a hybrid model. This is likely the beginning of an even greater shift, which I think will largely “cluster” in hybrid options, but even if only 14 percent of institutions opt for exclusively online (more than 600 institutions), this will be dramatic growth in online and hybrid models.

Source: “Here’s Our List of Colleges Reopening Plans”, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29, 2020 (click to enlarge)

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Dawn Hiles, RNL

Before joining RNL in 2013, Dawn Hiles served as vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions at Drury University (MO), where she partnered with RNL. While in this role, and she credits the...

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