Higher Education Town Hall Summary

For immediate release:

On Tuesday, May 12, Dr. Brian Jersky, Vivian Malauulu, Dr. Otto W. K. Lee and myself held a telephone town hall on higher education. Below is a summary of our discussion on campus closures, remote learning and reopening plans at CSU Long Beach, Long Beach City College and Los Angeles Harbor College

State Update on Higher Education

  • To ensure our high school seniors are able to attend college next year:
  • UC and CSU will accept pass/fail or credit/no credit for high school courses taken during the winter and spring semesters
  • They will not rescind an admissions offer just because a student is unable to send a transcript by the deadline
  • For high school juniors who will be applying to college this fall, the UC & CSU will not require the SAT or ACT
  • The College Board will offer Advanced Placement (AP) exams online


CSU Long Beach

  • CSULB plans to primarily offer remote instruction during fall semester 2020
    • This decision about fall heeds prevailing public-health guidance, and also helps safeguard those with underlying health conditions and the 12% of faculty and staff who are 65 and older
  • Workgroups continue to examine many issues, including on how best to have current staff members return safely back to work on campus once current “Safer at Home” orders are modified
  • CSULB will allow students to select a Credit (CR) or NC (No Credit) grade in lieu of letter grades for Spring 2020
  • More than 80 percent of Cal State Long Beach students are expected to receive automatic aid payments from the CARES Act fund
    • The typical grant amount will range from $250 to $1,000 and will be allocated based on each student’s financial need
  • A partnership between DoIT and the Division of Student Affairs has developed a program to loan Chromebooks to students during the COVID crisis
  • The updated CSU travel policy suspends all international and non-essential domestic travel through July 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 outbreak
  • It is highly unlikely that CSU Long Beach will be able to have fans at fall sporting events
  • An in-person Commencement for the Class of 2020 will occur when it is deemed safe to do so based on public health advice


Long Beach City College

  • Fall 2020 Semester will be mostly online. The schedule is being modified daily with classes transitioning to online learning
  • LBCC students have the ability to change the grading option for their class to Pass/No Pass in consultation with their counselor
    • Students should talk to their counselor to ensure that changing their course to Pass/No Pass does not negatively impact their academic goals
  • Anyone who comes to campus during the closure should wear a cloth face covering, including faculty, staff and students
  • If you are experiencing hardships related to homelessness, hunger, or housing insecurity please contact the Basic Needs Program Manager at 562-938-3241
  • The Viking Vault Food Pantry will be open for grab-n-go pre-packaged bags on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the Liberal Arts Campus (LAC, E-131) only
  • Students with a disability or chronic illness or injury may reach out to Disabled Student Programs and Services at 562-938-4558 for further support with arranging accommodations as LBCC moves to remote teaching
  • Long Beach City College is partnering with a non-profit organization called “human-I-T” to provide the digital resources needed to support students in participating in their coursework remotely
  • Long Beach City College’s inaugural Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be on Fri., June 12, 2020 at 5 p.m
  • Students who would have participated in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony are invited to join the 2021 in-person Commencement Ceremony


LA Harbor College


  • Summer and Fall classes will be offered remotely
  • All classes can be taken either as graded or as Pass/No pass for the Spring 2020 term
  • All students are strongly encouraged to speak with an Academic Counselor now to discuss their options and the impact it may have on their academic standing, admissions, financial aid and transfer to a CSU, UC or private universities
  • While the Health Center is not physically open on campus, LA Harbor College students can contact the Student Health Center at (310) 233-4520 for their health needs