Fall 2020 Update

Fall 2020 Update: Wright State University’s Dayton and Lake Campuses plan to return to teaching for 2020 Fall Semester on August 24 with a dynamic and flexible mixture of in-person and remote courses. Read more about our Right Here. Wright State. This Fall. plan.

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response


Updated: July 24, 2020

As we finalize plans for our return to Wright State’s Dayton and Lake campuses, we encourage you to check back here for the latest updates.

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Fall Semester Course Delivery

Wright State University’s 2020 Fall Semester course offerings utilize remote, flexible delivery, and safe, socially distant, in-person on-campus classes. Details of which courses will be on campus and which will be remote are being finalized and will be communicated to the campus community this summer.

At this time the university conservatively estimates that one-third of classes will have in-person components while the majority of in-person classes will also deliver all content remotely, to provide flexibility to students who are unable to come to campus for any reason. Large enrollment lecture-based courses will be delivered remotely, with the opportunity for students to engage in discussion via chats or discussion forums.

Wright State is prioritizing the following broad categories of courses to be held on campus as long as the university is confident that safety and state compliance measures can be observed:

  • Practica
  • Clinicals
  • Lab sections and lab-based courses
  • Studio courses in the arts
  • Active learning courses
  • Discussion-based courses

The university continues to work very closely with faculty members, department chairs, and college deans on the details of staffing on-campus courses and the phased return of faculty and staff to campus to prepare for on-campus instruction. Our aim is to ensure the best experience for our students, taking into account space, scheduling, pedagogical, and health concerns for all students and employees. To maintain proper social distancing, many on-campus classes will have fewer students in attendance in each class section than they normally would.

In the coming weeks, WINGS Express will update, indicating the mode of delivery of the course:

  • Fully remote/no set time
  • Fully remote/set meet time
  • In-person only
  • Flexible delivery, students can participate in person, remotely with live video conferencing, or via recording and other remote activities. For some courses, students will alternate attending in person and remotely, in order to accommodate social distancing.

Students who have issues connecting in remotely will have the opportunity to schedule time on campus, in the computer labs or other designated spaces.

  • Fall semester will start on schedule August 24 and the first day of finals will be December 7.
  • We are planning for a full semester with both in-person, on-campus instruction, and remote teaching and learning through December 4. Though at the beginning of Thanksgiving break, November 25, all classes will move fully to remote delivery for the rest of the semester.
  • Final exams will be taken remotely on December 7–12.
  • Commencement will take place on December 12.

Wright State University will continue to monitor the pandemic in partnership with Greene and Mercer County Public Health Departments and will comply with state safety restrictions and mandates as they evolve.

Wright State will share more detailed information on courses for 2020 Fall Semester in the coming weeks.


Is Wright State going to drop the tuition price for my online classes?

Even though the COVID19 pandemic has hit us all hard, Wright State University remains committed to offering its students and families the same affordable, high-quality education as it always has. Wright State has never differentiated tuition pricing between in-person and online instruction. This was true before the COVID19 pandemic and it is still true today.

Among dozens of four-year universities and colleges in Ohio, Wright State’s in-state undergraduate tuition remains among the top five most affordable in the state.

Our faculty have spent the spring and summer engaging in extensive training opportunities related to the flexible delivery of instruction, deepening our already well-developed expertise in online and remote education. This has been part of the critical on-going efforts university-wide, including upgrading classroom technology, which are essential for delivering a positive and productive learning experience for all Wright State students whether they are physically in the classroom or participating via remote instruction.

Whether students attend classes in-person or via remote learning, Wright State’s goal remains the same across all delivery methods: provide students an affordable, high-quality education.