LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University of Kentucky is planning on welcoming back their students come fall 2020, but things are going to be a bit different.
Classes are expected to begin a bit earlier this year on August 17. In-person classes will start, but sizes will be reduced.
There will also be no fall break. There will be class on Labor Day. Finals will be completely online.
"It is not going to be the same experience," Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Eric Monday said. "It is going to be an experience that is reinvented that we are trying to make better we are trying to have an improved experience, and recognize that it is going to be different and when you recognition you have an obligation to overcome it."
The University is also preparing its budget for a decrease in funding this year, adjusting to an over 70 million dollar deficit.
They were planning for a class of nearly 5,700 freshmen but it is now expected to decrease by about 800 students and will be one of the smallest class sizes in recent years.
UK President Eli Capilouto is determined to make it a year of progress and announced today that the University will now observe, Juneteenth as a holiday.
"I hope it will become like Martin Luther King day a moment to pause and to reflect and to serve and a time that compels us to further act as a community," Capilouto said.
President Capilouto also received a three-year contract extension.