Clark Atlanta University to Offer Remote Instruction for the Fall 2020 Semester


(Clark Atlanta University July 20, 2020) – ATLANTA, GA Today, Clark Atlanta University (CAU) announced the move to remote learning for all students during the Fall 2020 semester, taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of its students and entire CAU community.

This difficult but necessary decision was informed by current scientific evidence regarding the alarming spread of COVID-19 and with the guidance of medical experts. Clark Atlanta University and administrators from other Atlanta University Center Consortium institutions including (Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine and Spelman College) have partnered to utilize an innovative data-driven and scientific approach, which relies on comprehensive testing and data-driven protocols through coordination with Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), a leader of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities. Contingent upon improvements in health data, we hope to resume in-person instruction for the Spring 2021 semester.

"The increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia and around the country as well as the impact it has had on the African American community is staggering," said CAU President Dr. George T. French, Jr. "Moreover, the advice from the medical, science, and public health communities, provided us with the necessary information to make not only an informed decision but the right decision. Our priority is the health and safety of all of our stakeholders."

Recently, Clark Atlanta University shared that they will be providing four thousand undergraduate and graduate students with Dell laptops to begin and continue their matriculation at CAU. The Dell Latitude 3400 laptops will help ensure that CAU students are able to facilitate coursework online and increase virtual interaction with their instructors, peers and parents.

Every CAU faculty member has gone through a rigorous program and earned the CAU Online Teaching Certification based on the nationally and internationally recognized Quality Matters Standards for effective design of online instruction," said CAU Provost Dr. Dorcas D. Bowles. "Our faculty members are prepared to continue offering our students the same excellent instruction they would have received in the traditional classroom."

In addition, all Clark Atlanta University faculty have earned the CAU online teaching certification. This certification is a based on “Quality Matters” rigorous, nationally and internationally recognized standards for online learning. Essential information concerning health and safety, financial considerations, academic continuity, and student life and student support will be released in the coming days.

For additional details about Clark Atlanta University’s plans for remote instruction, visit our website at CAU – Forward Together!

About Clark Atlanta University.

Established in 1988 by the consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University (CAU) is one of the Nation’s foremost research institutions, offering students from around the United States and several foreign countries the opportunity to engage in 38 exciting areas of study at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels.

Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet and song writer, (Lift Every Voice and Sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit