In an effort to safeguard its campus from COVID-19 for winter semester, Glen Oaks Community College is moving a larger percentage of its in-seat classes to online or hybrid formats.
The college’s coronavirus task force made the decision recently following an uptick in COVID-19 cases in St. Joseph County.
There is potential for an increase in positive cases and additional mandates over the holidays, said David Devier, Glen Oaks president. The decision was made to help keep the safety and health of students and employees in the forefront, Devier said.
A recent survey found students say they prefer not to have the format changed in the middle of the semester.
Many of the winter 2021 courses previously listed as hybrid or face-to-face have moved to synchronous – taught during the previously scheduled time via Zoom – or asynchronous, completely online.
Winter 2021 classes begin Jan. 11.