WBU Will Open for Classes in the Fall
May 4, 2020
Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Bobby Hall announced Friday that the university will plan for students to be back on the Plainview campus for the Fall 2020 semester.
“Our goal is to welcome our students home in August,” Hall said. “We miss the day-to-day activities and the vibrancy that comes from student life on campus. We are tired of empty classrooms and quiet dorms and we hope to see life return to normal.”
Hall said the university will continue to follow guidelines outlined by state and local governments, as well as the Center for Disease Control. While no one is sure what the guidelines will be in August, Hall understands that there could be accommodations in place for group gatherings.
“We may have to wear facemasks and allow for additional space in our classrooms,” he said. “We just don’t know at this time. But whatever those accommodations are, we will be ready,”
Currently, Wayland buildings and dormitories are being cleaned and sanitized, and Wayland’s health services offices are tracking the latest information in order to help identify risks and take necessary precautions.
While plans are being made for the return of students, Hall said the Wayland administration also has contingency plans and is prepared to make changes if necessary. Moving to an online format was not difficult during the spring semester as students and professors are already familiar with Wayland’s online delivery system. Faculty are being encouraged to prepare for the possibility of that happening again.
“We want students to be able to take courses in their preferred delivery format, whether face-to-face or online. Naturally, we miss seeing our students on campus, in the classrooms, laboratories and dorms. But whether on campus or online, we want to connect with our students personally,” Hall said. “That is our goal and that is what we are preparing for. We are dedicated to providing a high-quality educational experience regardless of format.”
Hall said the return to the classroom applies to students at Wayland’s external campuses as well. Those students are already seeing a moderate return to normalcy during their summer sessions. Students are currently enrolling for summer classes, with the expectations that classes will be offered in a face-to-face format if possible. Those classes are prepared to go online if required. Many external campus students typically take both online and face-to-face classes each session.
Wayland’s home campus is located in Plainview. External campuses are located in Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas; Albuquerque and Clovis, N.M.; Altus, Okla.; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Kapolei, Hawaii. Wayland also offers degrees online through WBUonline.