While most attention at Northwestern University is focused on how school will reopen in September, the Kellogg School of Management will offer a preview starting Monday.

That’s when a mix of online and in-person classes begin for students in the one-year Master of Business Administration (MBA) program, as well as the three-year MMM program, which gives graduates both an MBA from Kellogg, and a Master’s Degree in Design and Innovation from the McCormick School of Engineering.

Northwestern plans a hybrid mix for undergraduate and other graduate students who return in the fall, although the coronavirus pandemic could alter those plans.

Kellogg spokesperson Taryn Tawoda says once the pandemic forced Northwestern into all remote classes in March, the Kellogg faculty “brainstormed on how to adapt.” She says Kellogg is not looking at the about-to-start summer quarter as a trial run, but rather as a program which will work.

The beginning of summer quarter was delayed for a month. During that time the faculty did practice classes with staff members, to perfect the new system. Some classes will simultaneously have in-person and on-line components. Other classes will use recorded materials. “We’re really confident,” Tawoda says. “We’re hitting the ground running.”

Under Illinois Phase 4 guidelines, classes will be limited to no more than 50 people in a room. Social distancing will be in place, along with other safety and hygiene protocols.

An all-remote option will be available for students who cannot make it to campus or who would rather not attend in-person courses.

Jeff Hirsh joined the Evanston Now reporting team in 2020 after a 40-year award-winning career as a broadcast journalist in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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