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Do Students Need Extra Protection when Working Online?

Are students more likely to be victims of cyberbullying during the pandemic when they are spending hours and hours of their days online? Are they more likely to become victims of online predators? Read more

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Study Finds that Most Students Are Too Optimistic about Their Majors’ Earning Potential

How much money can you expect to earn after you complete the coursework for your major and graduate college? Do you really know what your earning potential will be?

According to “Labor Market Expectations and Major Choice for Low-Income, First-Generation College Students: Evidence from an Information Experiment,” a study conducted in 2017 by Alexander I. Ruder (University of South Carolina and Rutgers) and Michelle Van Noy (Rutgers), many students, especially those who come from lower income backgrounds, are overly optimistic about how much they will earn. Ruder and Van Noy polled 2,965 students and determined that students who grew up in financially disadvantaged circumstances were especially prone to overestimate the potential earnings that their major and college degree would enable them to earn. Read more

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Will 2021 Be a Good or Bad Year to Transfer Colleges?

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

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Why College Could Become Even Further Beyond the Reach of Underprivileged Students

“What this means is that the American Dream for many low-income students has been deferred, perhaps permanently. Young people not born to well-off families will not surpass their parents in income and home ownership, they will not surge into promising careers, and they will not trust the American system to do right by them.”

– Source: “New Data: College Enrollment for Low-Income High School Grads Plunged by 29% During the Pandemic” by Richard Whitmire, the 73million.org blog, December 10, 2020 Read more

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Teaching in a Pandemic: 3 Resources for Surviving and Thriving

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

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How Has the Pandemic Affected Students’ Mental Health?

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

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Study Finds the Pandemic Has Caused More Students to Question the Value of College

“Doubts about Going to College,” an article that Scott Jaschik published in Inside Higher Ed on December 3, 2020, reports the findings of a survey of 528 students that was conducted by Lane Terriliver, a marketing and advertising agency in the educational sector.

The study, “The Pandemic’s Impact on Higher Education Marketing in 2020 and Beyond,” is a real eye-opener for all of us in higher ed. Read more

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Is It Time to Create a Career Research Center in Your Classroom?

In years past, the reference desks at high school libraries often were home to a small research center – a shelf or two of career-related books. There you’d find books like What Color Is Your Parachute? a popular bestseller about selecting a career. You would also find books about writing cover letters and resumes, about job hunting online, about taking interviews, and maybe even some books on how to dress for success. Read more

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Preparing for Online Career Assessment Tests

If you are a student and you have been logging time at home, now could be an excellent time to take an online career or aptitude test online.

Suggestion: Take a look at a list of online career tests that we published on this blog on August 24th, 2020, and try some of the self-assessment tests that interest you. Read more

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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