Azusa Pacific University is among the private universities in Southern California making plans to welcome back students to campus this fall. APU's Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D., interim provost, recently joined Concordia and Chapman university representatives on KPCC 89.3 FM to discuss this decision on AirTalk with host Larry Mantle.

The recent news of the California Community College and California State University systems intending to hold fall semester primarily online has many wondering how smaller, private universities will respond.

The interview participants discussed their institutions' class sizes and enrollment numbers that provide more flexibility to carry out social distancing and implement campus-wide safety measure in response to COVID-19, as well as the feedback from a majority of students, faculty, and staff who want to see campuses reopen.

Fernando pointed to preparations being made by APU's Return to Campuses Task Force and Academic Return to Campuses Work Group to ensure a safe and successful transition back.

"We are creating a plan that aligns with state and county directives and guidelines," said Fernando. "Students overwhelmingly want to be back on campus because of the types of relationships they have with faculty and staff so we are looking at how to do that. "

Listen to the broadcast.

Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D.
Rukshan Fernando, Ph.D.


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