October 16, 2020
By Ola Lisowski
The leaves are turning, the students are (somewhat) back to campus, and the days are getting shorter—that means it’s time for the MacIver Institute’s State of Higher Education. Since we’ve already reviewed the state of K-12 education, it’s a good time to take a look at how students in Wisconsin’s universities and colleges are faring.
Of course, this year is unlike any other. The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed what “back to school” means for every UW campus.
UW-Madison started off the school year in a hybrid model, and temporarily moved fully remote from September 10-25, after less than a week of classes. Now, an estimated 37 percent of classes are fully in-person, 55 percent are completely online, and