I think the virus isn’t under control and college age young adults aren’t going to stop getting close to one another. So what we have is a recipe for campus hotspots spread across the country. And when these campuses inevitably undergo the so-called “pivot” to on-line…. a lot of those students are likely to return home to spread infection. In short, I think it’s a bad idea.
As a former university administrator, I recognize the financial challenges to all the stakeholders. But in my view, first the country needs to get COVID-19 under control and then it can deal with the myriad of other challenges that it faces. From what I hear, there’s a lot of progress on the vaccine front. And I’m optimistic that treatment for the acute cases of the disease are getting more effective. But we’re not where we need to be as far as packing thousands of folks onto college campuses.