Campuses Will Open in the Fall

From: Dr. Bobby Hall, Wayland President

I am pleased to inform you that Wayland Baptist University classes will return to our normal schedule of on-campus delivery this Fall while continuing our traditional online course offerings. We are currently making arrangements to reopen all of our campuses this Fall and conduct operations as normal. I commend our students, employees, and supporters for their fortitude and commitment to Wayland during this unprecedented time.

I recognize the importance of the college experience for all students at all Wayland campuses and am confident that our faculty and staff will provide you with the best educational experience possible whether it be in person or online. With more than a century of experience in delivering classes on campus and more than two decades of teaching courses and full degree programs online, Wayland is well prepared for today's changing higher education environment.

The decision to reopen our campuses was not made lightly. As we map out the plan to reopen our classrooms, laboratories and residence halls, our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, employees, and the communities we serve. We will continue to follow CDC-recommended protocols and governmental guidance to ensure a healthy experience for everyone.

Like most universities, Wayland was compelled to move all instruction online in March as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because we had been offering a significant number of courses fully online since 1997, our faculty and staff were well equipped to make the instructional adjustment and our students also did remarkably well adjusting so quickly.

Starting in August, we are planning a full return to campus life as before, but we will remain prepared to adjust to online delivery should conditions warrant. We know that relationships that are built through social proximity, achieved both face-to-face and online, are one of the best things about our Wayland family. Whether you are returning to a physical Wayland campus for face-to-face classes or continuing with a fully online degree program, we look forward to welcoming you home!

Here is my commitment to you. Wayland will remain vigilant and will adhere to any state and federal guidelines that may remain in place in order to protect you and our employees so we may offer you a world-class Christian education, now and in the future.

God bless you, stay healthy, and I look forward to welcoming you back on campus this Fall.

Best Regards,

Bobby Hall, Ed.D.