LTU plans full return to campus for Fall 2021 semester
SOUTHFIELD—As millions of Americans receive coronavirus vaccines, Lawrence Technological University is planning a return to mostly in-person instruction in the Fall 2021 semester, which begins Aug. 23.
Tarek Sobh, LTU provost and chief academic officer, announced the move, “as we are starting to see a flicker of light at the end of the long tunnel” of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a memo to faculty and staff, Sobh said that “with the anticipation that a significant set of restrictions related to in-person classes will be lifted, we are planning a full return to offering our classes on campus for both undergraduate and graduate students at the same rate we offered on-campus courses prior to the pandemic.”
Sobh added that “all necessary precautions will still continue to be enforced as we adapt back to an on-campus course schedule.”
Lawrence Tech shifted to online instruction shortly after the onset of the pandemic in March 2020. In the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, instruction was offered in a blend of on-campus, online, and hybrid formats—and students, when given the choice, expressed a clear preference for in-person classes. Lawrence Tech’s residence halls were available throughout the 2020-2021 academic year.
Most classes in the Summer 2021 semester, which runs from May 16 to July 28, will continue to be online, except for some laboratories and studio classes in architecture and design. Lisa Kujawa, associate provost for enrollment and outreach, said most summer classes have been offered online for the past several years, even before the pandemic.
Sobh told faculty and staff: “Our colleges, departments, faculty, staff and administration collaborated to overcome the numerous hurdles we faced, and I am very grateful for your exceptional endeavors and commitment to our students and LTU.”Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers nearly 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Business and Information Technology, and Engineering. PayScale lists Lawrence Tech among the nation’s top 11 percent of universities for the salaries of its graduates, and U.S. News and World Report lists it in the top tier of best Midwestern universities. Students benefit from small class sizes and a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education with an emphasis on leadership. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 107-acre campus include more than 60 student organizations and NAIA varsity sports.
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