Now Is a Great Time to Take Online Career Aptitude Tests - Student Research Foundation

Now Is a Great Time to Take Online Career Aptitude Tests

Attention Students!

Are you spending a lot of time around the house this summer? Or have you just learned that your high school or college will be delivering courses remotely this fall?

If that is your current situation, we have a suggestion for you. Why not spend some time now taking online career tests to reevaluate your possible college major and your long-term career plans?

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Which College Majors and Careers Should You Consider if Most of Your Classes Will Be Taken Online - Student Research Foundation

Which College Majors and Careers Should You Consider if Most of Your Classes Will Be Taken Online?

A growing list of colleges have announced that they will offer most or even all of their classes online during the coming academic year.

That prompted one student we know to ask, “So, should I forget about declaring myself pre-med next year? I mean, how am I going to get those lab classes completed in an online format?” Read more

What Kind of Laptops Do College Students Need for School Year 2020-21 - Student Research Foundation

What Kind of Laptops Do College Students Need for School Year 2020-21?

College students are already facing lots of confounding questions about the upcoming academic year. Will their colleges reopen? If so, when? Will all classes be delivered online, or only a percentage of them? Will lab-based courses be shut down, or taught in modified ways online?

All those questions impact on a college student’s choice of computer for the coming school year. As an analogy, you can think of a computer as a nozzle through which a growing percentage of educational content will be delivered in the coming year. To handle the increased flow, students will need a big enough nozzle. Read more

Commencement Speeches and college graduations - Student Research Foundation

2020 Commencement Speeches You Can Watch Online

In years past, many colleges and universities have posted online the speeches that were given at their commencement ceremonies.

Remarkably, many colleges and universities have done so again this year, even though they have held virtual online commencements. This year’s commencement addresses look different from those of past years. You won’t hear the cheers or laughter of the crowd. Not a single speaker’s hat gets blown off by a sudden gust of wind. But because most of this year’s speeches have been recorded close-up with computer video, they have an intimacy and a directness that can be quite affecting. Read more

The Pandemic’s Impact on Your Education - Student Research Foundation

The Pandemic’s Impact on Your Education . . .

Should You Sue Your College for Delivering Online Learning?

A growing number of students and their families are filing lawsuits against colleges that have canceled live classes and moved instruction online.  The Washington Post reports that the family of one senior is suing George Washington University for a refund, and NBC News reports that more than 20 similar suits have been filed against schools that include Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Drexel, Michigan State, Purdue, and UC Berkeley. Read more

Career Discovery Public Safety and Law Enforcement - Student Research Foundation

Career Discovery: Public Safety and Law Enforcement

Yesterday as I was driving through the suburban town where I live, I saw two police cruisers idling with their rooftop lights flashing.

Only a few weeks ago, I would have thought something terrible had happened. But today, the knowledge that my town’s law officers were looking out for my safety made me feel calm and reassured. Read more

Career Discovery Supply Chain Management - Student Research Foundation

Career Discovery: Supply Chain Management

Supply chain management (SCM) professionals monitor the movement of goods from their source to their customers.

Only a few weeks ago, not too many people were thinking about supply chain management. Most of us were probably assuming that the supply chains that bring us medicines, medical equipment, food and other goods were working well. Read more

Career Discovery Data Science - Student Research Foundation

Career Discovery: Data Science

The Coronavirus is causing many people a lot of stress. But at the same time, many of us are relying on a range of professionals who were not on our radar before.  It is a time of anxiety, but also a time to learn

For example, we are relying more than ever before on statistics compiled by analysts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Statistics amassed by these professionals are being reported widely on the news. How many new cases of the Coronavirus have been reported in the U.S., for example, or in our state, or in our town, or in our school system? That kind of data helps us understand the crisis and stay aware of the risks. And we are newly aware of, and thankful to, the professionals who collect and analyze the information we need. Read more

Career Discovery Media and Reporting - Student Research Foundation

Career Discovery: Media and Reporting

There are disadvantages to having your children at home during the Coronavirus crisis. They are only taking classes online, cut off from their friends, missing athletic practices, and maybe even falling behind on their preparations to take standardized tests.

But there are advantages too. One is that some students are discovering certain professions for the first time. Most often, they are careers that have suddenly been getting more attention and exposure because of the crisis. Read more

Why Do 60%+ of College Students Drop Out of STEM Programs - Student Research Foundation

Why Do 60%+ of College Students Drop Out of STEM Programs?

In a post she wrote for the Greatschools.org blog on March 10, 2014 (“Does our approach to teaching math fail even the smartest kids?”) Carol Lloyd notes that according to a study conducted by UCLA, as many as 60% of all college students who start a STEM major in college drop out. Read more