As colleges begin their spring terms, they’re still learning lessons about how students felt about the fall. One thing seems clear about the “new normal”: Students are struggling to make online classes work while worrying about their finances and their health.
A new survey by New America and Third Way, which updates a survey the two think tanks conducted last August with Global Strategy Group, a public-affairs and research company, reveals that the challenges plaguing students since the pandemic began haven’t disappeared. Some are getting worse.
The December survey provides, among other things, a look at the difficulties of online learning for students, their financial struggles, and their views on the value of a college education. Here’s more about the ways Covid-19 has affected how students feel about their college experience: