Majority of UW System classes have returned to in-person this fall

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MADISON, Wis. — A total of 85 percent of classes across the UW System are being offered in-person this fall, smashing interim System President Tommy Thompson’s goal of 75 percent, officials announced Tuesday.

Thompson had set the goal for every UW campus in February, after a year that was disrupted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But this fall, 12 of the UW System’s 13 universities surpassed the 75% in-person threshold.

Of those, UW-La Crosse ranked at the top, with 94% of courses this fall being offered in-person. UW-Madison and UW-Platteville were close behind at 93% of courses being offered in-person.

Several others were above 80%, with only UW-Milwaukee (79%), UW-Parkside (79%), UW-Green Bay (78%), UW-Stout (75%) and UW-Superior (65%) not hitting that mark.

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Superior was the only campus not to reach Thompson’s 75% goal, but a large portion of that school’s courses were already online-only prior to the pandemic. The UW System says every UW-Superior course that was originally in-person but went remote last year has since return to in-person instruction this fall.

Several online-courses were also offered at other UW campuses before the pandemic.

The UW System says of the 85% system-wide rate, 5% is made up of courses teaching in a hybrid model with some online work and substantial in-person hours.