SUPERIOR, WI -- High school graduates are facing uncertainty on their higher education plans due to uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
Administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Superior decided to take a proactive approach, called PlanU, to help those first-year students whose plans may be up in the air.
"We put together this small package of general education courses at a low price. And packaged them as a full-time student," said UWS' Executive Director of Admissions Jeremy Nere.
Nere said the idea for PlanU came after the administration looked at several national surveys looking at how COVID-19 was disrupting students' academic plans for the fall.
"What parents thoughts were about their students attending a residential campus," said Nere. "And then would international students even be able to study in the U.S., which is still yet to be determined."
Through PlanU, first-year students can take general education courses online such as psychology and English.
The university is limiting students to 12 credits for the semester, this way they'll be eligible for financial aid, as each credit is roughly $270.
Brent Notbohm, the chair of the Communicating Arts Department at UWS who has professors teaching classes for PlanU, said the campus has many online classes and PlanU just made sense.
"We're doing everything we can to ensure that students can continue as uninterrupted as possible with their educational goals," said Notbohm.
PlanU's goal is to be a resource for students who may be severely suffering from the impacts COVID-19 has brought.
Nere added, "I also think of the student who maybe was graduating high school and was planning to work after high school. But are now may be struggling to find a job."
Notbohm said PlanU is another way to showcase the university.
"I think it's an opportunity to really showcase the kind of quality education opportunities we have at UWS to perhaps some students who didn't initially consider UWS."
At the end of the fall semester, students have the option to transfer schools or continue their education at UWS either on-campus or online.