Looking Ahead To The Spring Semester

Looking Ahead To The Spring Semester

The following message was shared with UWM students, faculty and staff as planning for the spring continues

A spike in coronavirus in the community prompted UWM to move to almost exclusively online instruction for the last few weeks of the Fall 2020 semester, but plans haven’t changed for Spring 2021: We still plan to offer a mix of face-to-face, online and hybrid classes. Spring semester is likely to look much like the pre-Thanksgiving fall semester.

The threat of COVID-19 still looms, of course, but there are encouraging signs. Two vaccines have shown great promise and are likely to start being dispensed in the next several weeks. The number of infections among students, faculty and staff has been relatively low, with recent positivity rates below 3%. The UWM community has been helping keep those rates low by wearing masks, practicing social distancing and getting tested regularly.

If public health conditions improve over the coming months, UWM will look for ways to expand in-person student services and activities next semester, though class formats will not change.

But this is no time to let our guard down. Positivity rates remain high both in southeastern Wisconsin overall and throughout the country. And it will take months before a significant portion of the population can be vaccinated. UWM will be ready to shift to online instruction again next semester if warranted by public health conditions.

Looking ahead to Fall 2021, we hope we can get back to a more normal college experience. As vaccinations become more widespread, we hope to be able to return to primarily in-person instruction and more face-to-face student services and activities.

The road we’ve traveled since March has been challenging, but there is hope on the horizon.

Story posted Dec. 9, 2020