Community College of Philadelphia announces fall classes will begin online

Mike DeNardo
May 27, 2020 - 3:23 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio)  Community College of Philadelphia is the first college in the area to announce that its fall semester will begin completely online.

As colleges decide whether to hold in-person classes this fall because of the coronavirus, Community College of Philadelphia says its fall semester will start out virtually. 

CCP vice president of marketing and communications Shannon Rooney says the early decision allows instructors to prepare.

"We really wanted to be able to give our faculty the opportunity to spend as much time as possible over the summer planning for a well-executed fall. Making that decision right now gives them the flexibility and opportunity to do that,” Rooney explained. 

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Rooney says it's possible some in-person classes may happen later in the fall. 

CCP has 26,000 full-time and part-time students. 

She says it's too soon to know how the decision to begin online will affect fall enrollment.

Most area colleges haven't announced their fall plans yet. 

Jefferson University is resuming classes on campus this fall, but it's giving students the option to take classes online. There's no decision from Drexel University, and a spokesman for Temple University says an announcement is likely by the end of this week.