FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Enrollment for fall semester has begun at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. According to UAF Chancellor, the university is planning to offer classes, although the method of delivery is uncertain at this point.
University of Alaska Fairbanks is preparing to deliver classes in-person and online pending developments with COVID-19. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)
White expects to know more in the coming weeks. He said, “It’s my expectation that over the next few weeks, and maybe even a month or more, we’ll start to see some more clear definition on how we’ll be delivering courses in the fall.”
The university is preparing to have in-class delivery and residents living on campus for the fall semester, but is watching for further health developments from the COVID-19 pandemic. “I think there’s a little bit of uncertainty as people are looking to see what COVID is going to affect, finances for example,” White said.
The chancellor noted that the university shifted all classes to distance learning during a short period in March. “There will be a lot of work over the summer to further work on those online and distance classes so that they can be refined so that we’re even better prepared for distance if that’s the way this goes,” White said.
He went on to say, “Even before COVID we had 73 full degrees that you could get distance. And so 95 percent of our students were already taking some of their courses online. 95 percent. Even our students in the residence halls were taking classes online.”
Meanwhile, White encourages fall students to enroll. The chancellor is seeing increased interest, measured in website views, from outside the state of Alaska. This, he says, is a positive sign for the university.
“UAF is a world leader in arctic research. We’re also a community campus,” he said.
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