BEEBE — Arkansas State University-Beebe has announced the adjustment to the planned start of fall 2020 classes, which will now begin the week of Aug. 24.

Dr. Jennifer Methvin, ASU-Beebe chancellor, said, “On July 9, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Secretary of Education Johnny Key announced the move of the start date of the school year for public K-12 schools to the week of Aug. 24. Since that time, we have been considering the impact on ASU-Beebe students should our fall classes begin before K12 schools are in session. After much consideration, we have decided to postpone the start of fall 2020 classes to Monday, Aug. 24. Doing so brings us into alignment with our K12 partners, supports our students who are parents of school-age children, and allows our faculty and staff an additional week of preparation for welcoming our students back to the classroom.”

In addition, it was announced that ASU-Beebe fall 2020 coursework will pivot to remote instruction/online beginning Nov. 21 for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester. All services, including housing, will continue to be provided to students through the end of the semester.

The fall 2020 academic calendar has been revised and is available on the ASU-Beebe website. The fall semester will still conclude by Dec. 17. Students who have reserved on-campus housing will be directly contacted by the student life department about adjustments to the move-in processes.

“The current public health crisis is creating anxiety and uncertainty for us all. At the same time, we know the Vanguard Community is ready to return to learning,” stated Methvin.

As ASU-Beebe continues to design classrooms and protocols to reduce the risks of being exposed to the virus, all are reminded to continue following established protocols to protect students, faculty, staff, and members of the community: observe good hand hygiene; practice physical distancing; wear a face covering; and monitor your own health and isolate and get tested if needed.

Registration will continue through the first week of classes. For students and parents who would prefer a remote registration option they can email to schedule an appointment for advising and registration at any time: Scheduleclasses@asub.edu. For more information on how to register for classes for the fall term, students can go to http://www.asub.edu/registrars-office/ registrationinfo.aspx.

All prospective students are welcome to tour the campuses. In-person and virtual tour appointments can be scheduled at http://www.asub.edu/admissions/campus-visit.aspx.

ASU-Beebe updates are located on the coronavirus information page at www.ASUB.edu. For specific information regarding registering for fall 2020 classes, students or parents can contact the admissions office at 501-882-8860.