American University will double the number of classes it offers in person next semester, though the majority of spring courses will still be online, the school’s president announced Monday.
The university also plans to increase on-campus housing.
“We intend to ramp up activity as we carefully monitor the fundamental indicators of the pandemic and evolving public health conditions,” AU President Sylvia M. Burwell said in an email to the campus. Among the factors the university will consider: local and national coronavirus case counts, the availability of testing, public health guidelines and the operating status of area K-12 schools.
While the announcement squashes hopes of a quick return to normal, the university is making an effort to bring some semblance of pre-pandemic life back to campus, Burwell said.
The number of in-person classes to be offered in the spring was not immediately available. But face-to-face course offerings will expand for