Higher education leaders are facing challenges as the fall school year begins amid COVID-19. State lawmakers received an update Tuesday afternoon on campus re-opening progress and COVID-19 preparedness plans from state private colleges, Minnesota State and the University of Minnesota.

“We all know that safety is on the minds of our students, parents, faculty, staff and campus leadership in every community we serve, at MN state, we have continued to stay focused on two guiding principles: the safety of our campus communities and giving our students a path to continue their educational journey.”

MN State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra Leaders from several other higher learning institutions addressed tuition freezes, enrollment numbers and community concerns in Tuesday’s hearing. Also Tuesday, the U of M announced its “Maroon and Gold Sunrise Plan”–a four-step proposal to get kids back to school with limited on-campus activites, potential curfews and required mask wearing and social distancing.