So far there’s no word from the University of California on its plans for next year. … “We’d like to be able to make a decision as soon as possible,” said UC Irvine Executive Vice Chancellor Hal Stern. Administrators and faculty on his campus have held meetings in the past few months, he said, to discuss various options that could include continued distance learning. “[There] is still concern that we won’t be in a position to have large lectures in person, so they might, for example, stay remote,” Stern said. But smaller classes with fewer than 30 students could convene in person, he said.