Coronavirus has already had a significant impact on colleges and universities, as well as the state and national economy, Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller said in a phone interview.

Keller said the role of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has been to serve as a resource to colleges and universities statewide. He said they are working closely with the governor’s office and other agencies to make sure they have maximum flexibility on rules and regulations so they can adapt to the crisis when they need to shift calendars and put courses online.

University of Texas Permian Basin and Odessa College have moved their classes online. In a March 24 news conference with other educators and community leaders, OC President Gregory

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