Prepping for a different kind of school year at TAMU-CC

Posted at 9:41 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 23:50:48-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — It has taken Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi a few months to figure out how school will be handled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fall semester will continue with a variety of options for classes, including online, in-person and hybrid, which is a mix between online and in-person learning.

"Now obviously there are some students who are more comfortable taking classes online, or in person and we will work to do whatever we can to work with our students to meet their needs," said Andy Benoit, TAMU-CC's vice president of enrollment.

Benoit said TAMU-CC has been working with departments and faculty to decide how all courses should be handled. He says if any students have concerns or questions, they can reach out to their adviser to see what is the best option.

TAMU-CC recently posted a sneak peak of what students can expect back in the classroom, showing a picture on Facebook with plexiglass in-between desks.

One student, Natasha Raisenen-Ryan, has an immune disease, and says the plexiglass gives her some concerns.

"I had just emailed disability services to see if there's any way I can assure that there will be at least a seat on each side of me that's empty because I can't risk that," she said.

Raisenen-Ryan said she prefers in-person classes because she can get a better learning experience.

"I just don't personally learn very well online," she said. "As much as I agree that learning online is very important during a time like this, I just, I can't grasp subjects as well."

She said she contacted her adviser and has not received any information yet, hoping to learn from the school about learning procedures before classes begin. The school, she says, has not been as transparent as she would have liked.

TAMU-CC does have a guideline for students on what to expect when returning back to campus, which you can find here.

TAMU-CC did say they hope to have classroom setups complete by the end of next week.