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University of Nebraska holding in-person classes in spring semester

Posted at 6:17 PM, Dec 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 19:17:31-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — University of Nebraska President Ted Carter announced on Monday that there will be in-person learning on the campuses of UNO, UNL and UNK this coming spring. And the students that will be going into the classrooms will also likely be tested more.

Students in Lincoln are already finished with the fall semester at UNO. The campus is quiet, with just a few students on campus for finals week.

Part of the reason is many students are taking online classes.

Carter says students should expect to be in the classrooms come January.

“I think we have an opportunity to do much less dedicated remote and more in-person,” says Carter.

The key to that is testing.

Carter said Monday while the plans are still being worked out, that students and staff at the university of Nebraska-Lincoln will likely all be tested before returning for the spring semester.

“We’re talking about 25,000 students, and a significant amount of faculty and staff,” says Carter.

At UNO, UNMC AND UNK, details are murky, but the plan is to increase testing.

“That’s to make sure we are getting the message that we are going to be as safe as possible to bring our students back,” says Carter.

While many schools around the country, and even in the Big 10, went full remote learning, Nebraska did not, something Gov. Ricketts said school officials should be proud of.

“There’s a lot of schools who are not doing in person classes. The fact the University of Nebraska can have in person classes, be able to take all the appropriate steps and have a very successful semester, really speaks volumes about the leadership of President Carter,” says Ricketts.

Carter says the university system’s online programs grew about 18 percent this fall.