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Charlotte Talks: Local University Presidents On Preparing For Unprecedented Fall Semester

UNC Charlotte/Nick Makansi

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020

Just like grade schools, colleges and universities face the challenge of classes during COVID-19. We hear from the leaders of Queens University, Johnson C. Smith University and UNC Charlotte about their plans.

College students, faculty, and family: How are you feeling about your school’s plan to return to campus and classes? We want to hear from you for an upcoming show. Leave us a voicemail at (704) 802-9967.

Around the country, higher education is adjusting to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. In North Carolina, several schools opened as normal only to close quickly and shift to online classes. Those who believed older students would understand the gravity of the situation and socially distance didn’t count on how difficult that would be.

Area colleges and universities have a patchwork of plans and continue monitoring the situation closely. Just this week, UNC Charlotte changed course, going virtual and postponing in-person learning until October.

The chancellor at UNC Charlotte and the presidents of Johnson C. Smith and Queens universities share their thoughts and plans.


Sharon Gaber, chancellor of UNC Charlotte

Clarence D. Armbrister, president of Johnson C. Smith University

Daniel G. Lugo, president, Queens University of Charlotte

Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.