Texas College holding all classes online for Fall 2020 semester, first known Texas school to suspend fall sports

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Texas College will host all of its 2020 clasess online this fall due to the spike of the coronavirus pandemic across the state and country over the past month.

The college also announced that all fall sports are suspended as well, which includes:

  • Football
  • Men’s and women’s cross country
  • Men’s and women’s soccer
  • Volleyball

It is the first known school in Texas to suspend athletics for the fall term and is part of a growing list of small schools across the country that have decided not to play games.

“Our efforts are not to compete with other entities and how they respond, but rather give consideration to the needs of our students, faculty and staff and internally assess what is needed for a safe environment pursuant to the resources we have available to us. With this as the backdrop of our planning, a decision has been made to offer online instruction only for the fall term. A continuous review will take place to establish what needs to be done for the spring term. And, with this as our focus, it should also be noted that we will suspend fall sports with the interest in returning with our sports programs for spring term.”

President Dwight J. Fennell, PhD

The school emphasized their commitment to safety “while also providing access to quality education opportunities. ”

About Texas College

“Texas College is a Historically Black College founded in 1894, by a group of CME ministers. Our mission continues to embody the principles of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. The College shall prepare students with competencies in critical and creative thinking related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined in areas of study. Additionally, the College shall provide an environment to inspire intellectual, spiritual, ethical, moral, and social development, which empowers graduates to engage in life-long learning, leadership, and service.

Led by President Dwight J. Fennell, PhD, Texas College serves as the oldest institution of higher education in the city of Tyler, celebrating over 126 years of providing educational opportunities. As an ethnically diverse liberal arts institution, students gain the theoretical and foundational preparations designed to propel them into a major that will equip them for graduate and/or professional schools, as well as the world of work.”

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