The idea of transferring from one college to another has always been on students’ minds, and chances are it always will. Students who are just starting their first college year think, “Well, if things don’t work out at the college I have chosen, I can always transfer.” And students who are in their second, third or later years of college think of transferring too, for many reasons. Some would like to transfer to a college that offers stronger instruction in their chosen major. Others transfer for financial reasons. The list of reasons is a large and as varied as students are. Read more
As teachers persevere bravely through the resurgence of COVID-19, it is easy to forget that they walk a fine line between helping students and avoiding burnout. At the Student Research Foundation (SRF), we are committed to magnifying the voices of teachers and their students to strengthen education. We have found several articles to encourage you during the final months of the pandemic. Read more
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
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
Important findings from the College Student Fall 2020 Mental Health Report
Okay, we know you’re a student. And because you’re a student, we also know you’re under a lot of stress.
We understand that. But what we really want to know today is, how much has the Coronavirus added to your stress and harmed your overall mental health? That’s another way of asking how happy you are and also asking what you are currently most worried about.
We are not only asking those questions. We are actually able to answer a number of them, thanks to the College Student Fall 2020 Mental Health Report, an important survey conducted in September 2020 by the Hi, How Are You Project and American Campus Communities (ACC). Read more
As you have noticed, American higher education has just gone through a period of cataclysmic change. Can you think of another four-year period when colleges have removed the names of their slave-holding founders from buildings, and when students have been expected to continue to pay full tuition while attending classes remotely?
Those are only two of the changes we have seen, some of which we have come to accept as a new and normal way of educating students. They are very big changes.
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
The Student Research Foundation (SRF) surveyed high school teachers nationwide about their satisfaction on 14 job-related factors. (See infographic below.) 2,385 responded during Fall 2018. The data, collected pre-Covid, provide insights into teachers’ willingness to rally after schools closed and possible impacts of any Covid-induced budget cuts on learning environments. Read more
“Colleges Brace for More-Widespread Outbreak of Coronavirus,” an article that appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education on February 29, 2020, reports that colleges and universities are planning how they will respond if the spread of the Coronavirus continues or becomes more serious. They are considering ending their academic years ahead of schedule, canceling their summer terms, and taking other steps. And of course, they are devoting serious thought to finding ways to protect students from becoming infected, or to treating any students who do. Read more