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Iowa Universities Prepare Return To Campus

The Campanile at Iowa State University.
Joe Wolf
The Campanile at Iowa State University.

Colleges and universities around the world are working on ways to safely bring students back to campus.

Two major universities in Iowa, The University of Iowa and Iowa State University, have released their return to learn plans, setting off a multitude of questions amidst the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University of Iowa has adopted a blended approach toinstruction this fall and will follow the current academic calendar, with the semester beginning Aug. 24 and ending on Dec. 18. The university will move to online instruction after Thanksgiving, beginning Nov. 30, and final exams will be delivered remotely. Clinical and experiential activities will be addressed on a program-by-program basis.

Iowa State University has also adopted a blended approach. The fall semester schedule is slightly altered: the semester will begin a week early, on Aug. 17, and end the day before Thanksgiving.

On today's episode of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with students, infectious disease specialists and a professor who decided to take all of his classes online.


  • John Lawrence, vice president of extension and outreach, leading fall planning committee, Iowa State University
  • Eli Perencevich, professor of internal medicine and epidemiology, University of Iowa
  • Krista Johnson, clinical professor of internal medicine, University of Iowa
  • Mackensie Graham, president, University of Iowa Graduate and Professional Student Government; law student, University of Iowa College of Law
  • Michael Bugeja, professor of journalism, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River