(WFRV) – Tommy Thompson sent out a release that emphasizes the plan to maximize in-person instruction for UW schools starting as soon as the Fall 2021 semester.

According to the release, the University of Wisconsin System campuses’ plan for the fall semester is to seek maximizing student engagement through in-person teaching and learning while building on the school systems’ successful embrace of remote instruction.

Thompson says he has directed the universities to ensure that students attending a UW campus in Fall 2021 will have as classic a UW campus experience as possible, including a goal of at least 75 percent of all classes being in person.

This school year, he says the UW universities pivoted to more remote and hybrid class offerings to afford UW students a path to a degree while ensuring the health and safety of their university and surrounding communities.

Thompson believes an aggressive COVID-19 testing program, in combination with masking, distancing, and cleaning protocols, will make welcoming back students possible.

In addition, he has hope that the vaccine supply will increase and knows that the university’s efforts to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, faculty, and staff will persist.

Thompson says the Fall 2021 in-person classes will include small-group classroom discussions about politics, history, and literature. He also mentions it means hands-on lab research and internships too.

Original Story: Thompson wants 75% of fall UW classes in-person

Feb 18, 2021 9:43 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson says he wants 75% of classes to be taught in-person this fall.

Thompson wrote in a column released to the public Thursday that he’s directed system campuses to ensure students will have what he called “as classic a UW campus experience as possible.”

Thompson says the system’s aggressive testing protocols, social distancing and masks have kept COVID-19 infection rates low.

He says the time has come to resume as much of an in-person campus experience as possible this fall.