Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation (CINCF)
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Students Looking Forward to Returning to Campus Life
(Omaha, Nebraska) – Nebraska’s 13 private colleges and universities -- all members of the Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation (CINCF) – are busy planning for students to return to campus for the 2020-21 academic year. Together these institutions serve more than 35,000 students across Nebraska.
Although students at some of the CINCF’s member institutions have the option to take classes online or through remote learning tools, enrollment numbers suggest that students are choosing to attend face-to-face classes in August.
According to the institutions, their students have voiced a desire to return to campus life and receive a holistic educational experience, which includes not only learning in the classroom, but also engaging in activities outside the classroom with peers.
Jefferson Gibson from Denver is a junior at Union College in Lincoln. Gibson stated, “I am excited to return to Union. I will be a junior theology major this coming semester and I miss the traditional in-class learning. I also miss interacting with my friends and look forward to catching up – safely.”
The CINCF’s member colleges and universities have been working diligently to ensure that campus life is ready and safety concerns are addressed amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic. The higher education leadership teams have been preparing all summer for the successful return of the student body.
Nebraska’s private colleges and universities, with assistance from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts’ staff, have obtained personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitizing supplies to begin the academic year. In addition, the colleges and universities have worked with local health departments to establish COVID-19 guidelines and procedures to provide the safest possible environment for their students, faculty, and staff.
Several of the measures being implemented at the institutions include daily temperature screenings and health checks of students and staff to monitor health, partnerships with local health departments for testing as needed, requiring students and faculty to wear face coverings when inside buildings and when social distancing is not possible, and providing PPE material and sanitizing supplies to keep the environment clean.
In addition, several campuses will be staggering classes to provide additional passing time, while all campuses will be reducing class size to ensure social distancing in the classroom setting.
The CINCF’s member colleges and universities include Bellevue University, Bryan College of Health Sciences, Clarkson College, College of Saint Mary, Concordia University, Creighton University, Doane University, Hastings College, Midland University, Nebraska Methodist College, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, and York College.
The CINCF’s 13 member institutions each offer a unique, enriching, college experience that prepares students for a fulfilling life. Students are exposed to a wide array of educational and extracurricular experiences, i.e., study abroad opportunities, smaller class size, professors who are focused on student development, and the ability to participate in a rich campus life that reinforces a sense of community. Nebraska’s private colleges and universities encourage and cultivate students to assume leadership roles that prepare them for their future careers.
About the Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation
The Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation (CINCF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to making excellent higher education opportunities accessible to students from diverse backgrounds and communities. CINCF supports the missions of its 13 member institutions and promotes the high quality and affordability of member colleges to prospective students and their families.