As we wrap up spring semester amid unprecedented circumstances, you may be wondering what UWM will look like in the fall. Campus leaders have been looking at every aspect of college life and the best ways to deliver a top-flight education in a safe way.
Much depends on circumstances out of our control: Has the pandemic receded? Will it come back? What social distancing measures will be in place? How much testing capacity will there be?
We can’t wait for all the answers, so we are planning for the most likely scenarios:
- School starts with mostly in-person instruction, albeit with social distancing and other safety measures in place, along with some classes being taught online.
- School starts in the fall mostly online, along with some face-to-face classroom instruction.
- Fall instruction is entirely online, with the possibility that it will remain so next spring.
Decisions on how to offer classes will be made with two primary considerations: how to provide the best possible education for students, and how to provide a safe environment for students, faculty and staff.
Face-to-face learning will likely be different. Classes will be planned to allow for proper social distancing. Large lecture courses might remain online. Furniture in the libraries, dining areas, UWM Student Union and other places might be placed farther apart. Facilities will undergo more frequent disinfection.
In every scenario, online learning will continue to play an important role. UWM is a national leader and innovator in online educational delivery and research, educating more online students than any other university in the state of Wisconsin. UWM’s portfolio includes more than 700 online courses offered each semester and 40 online degree and certificate programs known nationally for their high quality. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UWM nationally as #31 in Best Online Bachelors Programs for Veterans
and #48 in Best Online Bachelors Programs overall. Since COVID-19, UWM has further bolstered its capacity to deliver online instruction and is continuing to provide instructors with new and enhanced training in the best ways to teach remotely.
While we do not yet have all the answers regarding what the future holds, we want you to know that UWM remains committed to providing the best education possible and to communicating plans with you as decisions are made.