Texas Tech, South Plains College and Lubbock Christian University all announced this week they will resume face-to-face classes in the fall.
"There are certain qualities of an institution that can never be fully shared through remote and virtual experiences," Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said.
Since college students represent a low-risk demographic, administrators say resuming in-person interactions is more doable. While schools have been adapting to the virtual experience recently, they have learned some things along the way.
"In seven days, our faculty made the transition from face-to-face to a social distance and online model. We didn't know we could do that so we wondered what else we could do," LCU President Scott McDowell said.
"These times create new inventions and new ways of looking at things," SPC President Robin Satterwhite said.
Schovanec says the greatest part of Texas Tech's cost is personnel. Classes on campus are more cost efficient. He says, there's also a common misconception about distance learning.
"Preparation for online delivery takes a lot more time. That's been frustrating for students. They say they haven't gotten the same experience so they feel it should cut their tuition cost," Schovanec said.
As far as housing is concerned, dorms can't be filled up while also enforcing social distancing. Tech is looking elsewhere to house some students who would otherwise live on campus.
"We'll be having a meeting with a business in town who have apartments and such to see if we can start talking about a partnership," Schovanec said.
While there are still a few questions about how this will exactly work, hygiene and making faculty and students more comfortable is a big priority.
"Enhanced cleaning as you can imagine everywhere. Enhanced hand sanitizer stations everywhere. There are actually treatments out there that can last for 30 to 45 days." McDoweel said.
Tech and South Plains plan to offer some face-to-face courses during the second summer term. LCU is still working out more of those details.