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Positive Educational Trends that Have Emerged from the Pandemic

When you ask a group of college administrators to summarize the effects that the pandemic has had on their institutions, most of them are likely to use adjectives like, negative, threatening, horrible, terrible, and even catastrophic.

There’s a reason for those answers. Thanks to the pandemic, many colleges have seen enrollments fall, spent too much of the funds they had available to offer students for financial aid, lost their valuable foreign students, had to put building and expansion plans on hold, and experienced a host of other problems. Read more

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What Do Distance Learners Want from their Colleges?

A new survey from SurveyMonkey provides answers

For years, high-end polling firms like Gallup, Nielsen and Pew have been researching trends in American higher education.

Now a new entrant has appeared in the world of educational research – SurveyMonkey. Actually, this company has been gaining importance as a polling company over the last few years. It only makes sense that this company would start conducting research of its own. After all, SurveyMonkey already has all the technology to conduct surveys and analyze the results. Read more

Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online - Student Research Foundation

Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online?

You’re Taking Classes Remotely . . . Should You Take SAT and ACT Prep Classes Online Too?

This has been a dream year for people who dislike standardized tests.

Across America, colleges and universities have dropped the requirement that applicants take the SAT or the ACT. They’ve become what was once called “test-optional.” The story is reflected in headlines like these: Read more

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

Returning to Campus Next Semester - Student Research Foundation

Are You Really Returning to Campus Next Semester?

Unfortunately, the best answer could be, “who knows?”

Is your college welcoming students back to campus for the fall semester, going completely online, shutting down entirely . . . or doing something else? And is it cutting tuition or giving refunds if it is not planning to deliver what it promised?

Because North American colleges and universities are not run by one governing body, each college and university is answering those questions differently. We seem to have entered a chaotic period in higher education. Hopefully, we will never see this level of uncertainty again. Read more

Learn Coding and Other Computer Skills for Free Online - Student Research Foundation

Learn Coding and Other Computer Skills for Free Online

Are you a high school student who is logging a lot of time indoors in the safety of your home? Or are you the parent of a young man or woman who is?

If so, we have a suggestion for you . . . Read more

A study of Online Colleges Quality and Value - Student Research Foundation

Are Online Colleges Approaching Regular Colleges in Quality and Value?

Are online colleges improving the quality of education they provide? Are more of their students completing four years of study and graduating? And are online colleges becoming fully viable options for students who, due to factors such as having children or being employed, want to complete all their coursework online? Read more

Interested in Engineering Try Out These Free Online Courses - Student Research Foundation

Interested in Engineering? Discover Great Courses and Lectures Online

Are you a high school student who is interested in becoming an engineer? Or do you know a student who is interested in majoring in engineering in college?

If so, there are lots of online opportunities to learn what engineering classes are like. Visit the links below to take a seat in a virtual engineering classroom. Read more

Jobs of Tomorrow - Student Research Foundation

Is Company-Funded Training the Missing Link in Building Tech Careers?

When deciding what courses they should be offering, colleges often use a simple process of subtraction . . .

The skills workers need

  • – minus the skills their college teaches
  • = equals the skills they should be teaching, but are not

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