I can see the reasoning behind the university's decision to close their physical campus to students and shifting all classes to online but I'm sure the regents and the faculty must be shuddering at what they just put in place at the University of Washington. The question anybody would ask now is, if you don't need to physically attend classes at this fine university due to a potential epidemic, why do you need to attend campus at all?
The University of Washington announced on Friday that it would cancel all in-person classes and move them online for at least the next few weeks. In doing so, Washington became the first major American university to take such drastic action amid rapidly growing fears of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19.
The university, with an enrollment of nearly 50,000 on its Seattle campus, said in a message Friday morning that the campus would remain open in other capacities, and that it planned to resume normal operations on March 30, when the institution's next quarter begins. A university staff member has tested positive for Covid-19, and the Seattle area has been the site of the most intense outbreak of the virus in the United States so far, with at least 51 cases reported in King County, Wash., as of Friday.Don't they sound exactly like the University of Phoenix? Of course UW has a lot of unnecessary infrastructure it could shed for a real profit.