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What Kind of Coronavirus Testing Will Your College Be Giving Returning Students in the Fall - Student Research Foundation

What Kind of Coronavirus Testing Will Your College Be Giving Returning Students in the Fall?

Colleges across the country have announced that they will test returning students for Covid-19, especially those who want to live on their campuses.

But what does “testing” mean? Does it mean pointing a handheld thermometer at the foreheads of students before they are allowed to enter their dorms? Does it mean blood tests? The tests that colleges will administer will generally fall into one of these two categories:

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Negotiating Safe Campus Housing for Fall Semester - Student Research Foundation

Negotiating Safe Campus Housing for Fall Semester

Not too many years ago, college students worried about having dorm roommates who snored, smoked, or smelled bad.

How innocent those times were. Now, in the midst of the pandemic, most dorm-dwellers are worrying about matters of illness, life, and death. You want to be sure to negotiate the best possible solutions to questions about roommates. Read more

Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans - Student Research Foundation

Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans

The Chronicle of Higher Education Now Offers Up-to-Date Online Information on Colleges’ Reopening Plans

Are you planning to pack the car and move to campus in time for orientation, or for the start of fall semester? And will your college be open and waiting for you?

Thankfully, the Chronicle of Higher Education is now offering an online directory of the plans that more than 1,030 colleges are making for the fall. And even better, the Chronicle is making this list available for free online. Read more

We’re Seeing an Explosion of New Instagram Accounts Set Up by Black Students - Student Research Foundation

We’re Seeing an Explosion of New Instagram Accounts Set Up by Black Students . . .

. . . what do they say about our schools and your school?

Over the years, Black student associations at colleges across America have created accounts on Instagram. If you look back through what those groups have posted in the past, you will see that a sizable portion of it has been fairly traditional Instagram fare. Student groups have posted praise for faculty members, announced events, and occasionally reported on troubling experiences fueled by racial discrimination on campus. 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

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

Should You Write Your College Application Essays about COVID-19 this Year?

If you are about to enter your senior year of high school, chances are you are thinking about your college applications and your application essays. And if you are, you are probably planning to write about your experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

What Are Your Financial Options if Your College Moves Online or Is Cancelled in the Fall - Student Research Foundation

What Are Your Financial Options if Your College Moves Online or Is Cancelled in the Fall?

New College Freshmen . . .

This is the time of year when high school seniors have traditionally made their final college selections, mailed in deposits, bought college apparel, contacted their future roommates, and gotten ready to make the exciting transition to college.

But now students, their families and colleges all seem to be in the same pickle, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Here are just a few of the issues that have risen to the surface.

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Is This a Great Time to Take a Gap Year Before Starting College - Student Research Foundation

Is This a Great Time to Take a Gap Year Before Starting College . . . Or the Worst Year Ever?

There are many reasons why it makes sense for this year’s graduating high school seniors to take a year off – a gap year – before starting college.

Students who opt for gap years could . . . Read more

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

Classes Cancelled? Here Are Some High-Productivity Activities High School Students Can Do Anyway

“Thousands of Students In New York Face Shuttered Schools,” an article in The New York Times on March 10, 2020, reports that more schools could close because of the current Coronavirus scare. The article reports that public schools have closed in Scarsdale, a suburb of New York. And it you do a little searching online, chances are you will find that public schools near you are have either closed down temporarily or have contingency plans to do so if students, teachers or administrators become ill. Read more