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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Greatest College Plan of All - Student Research Foundation

Why Transferring Can Be the Greatest College Plan of All

We watched a segment on the evening news last week that showed a group of students who were gathered in their high school’s college counseling office, happily logging in and discovering all the wonderful schools where they had just been accepted.

There were whoops and shouts. They all looked happy, except for two students in the back of the room, away from the computer. They looked glum. Could it just be that they, unlike the cheering students, had just gotten bad news about their college prospects? It could be. One thing for sure was that the news segment wasn’t focusing on students who had been rejected. Read more

Virtual Operating Theater - Medical Careers - Student Research Foundation

Virtual Operating Theater Lets Students Sit in on Surgery in Real Time

Are you thinking about becoming a surgeon? Do you know any students who are?

If so, you should know about Live from Surgery, a unique learning experience that lets students observe surgical operations remotely, and in 3D, no less. The program is currently being offered by the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, where students can sit in a comfortable modern theater and get a close look at operations as they are happening. As an extra bonus, surgeons talk to students about the surgery before and after it takes place and – when appropriate – while the procedure is taking place. Read more

Students Are Using Online Courses - Student Research Foundation

Babson Documents Big Changes in the Way Students Are Using Online Courses

A decade ago, most students were utilizing online courses to complete one or two courses that they needed to complete their degrees at colleges they were attending. But now a new study completed by the Babson Survey Research Group has found that college students are using online courses in new and different ways. The study explored the use of online courses at more than 4,700 colleges and universities. Read more