U Of I President Promises Some On-Site Learning In The Fall

Cisco Cotto
May 11, 2020 - 4:50 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In-person classes are expected to resume in the fall at the University of Illinois, in some form, the U of I’s president told the Noon Business Hour on Monday.

“I’m confident that we will be open in the fall. There’ll be some level of face-to-face education. It’ll be blended in with distance education,” President Timothy Killeen said. “We’re going to adopt all the protocols needed to ensure the health and safety of our students, our faculty and the communities in which we’re embedded.

“I can promise you it’ll be the best possible educational experience. But yes, we’re looking to reopen in the fall, and our enrollments are looking good.”

The U of I, like other universities and colleges, had to pivot earlier this year when the novel coronavirus forced institutions to close physical classrooms and shift to online learning.

Killeen agrees that students prefer an on-campus educational experience, but it must be done safely now, amid lingering health concerns.

He said students and faculty should get specifics about the university's latest plans next month.