Teachers and college students discuss some of the challenges they face when their class moves online for the future.
First, corona virus cancel spring break. Then it is graduation. College Decision Day, a decaying tradition that states one’s intention to attend a particular school, maybe next.
Many colleges, desperate for school fees during the pandemic, it has rolled back the traditional May 1 deadline to June 1. This allows families to consider new financial problems and understand how the nation is recovering from the virus.
Amid economic uncertainty and lost an amazing job, some colleges tend to welcome students of various qualifications no matter when they decide to commit. Which means it will take months for universities to find out who their students will be, and whether the schools will be able to meet the school fees they will get.
In fact, some colleges may not know for sure until they see who appears on campus or enters their first online class.
Alreadya large segment of students who are studying Reconsider their plans, the latest poll has shown.
About 11% of students surveyed by the Strada Education Network said they had it cancel their educational plans since the coronavirus outbreak. Those who plan to continue their education are considering certificate programs or work-related courses on demand rather than traditional degrees, according to an ongoing education poll of more than 5,000 people.
In another survey, which was given last week, 40% of prospective students have not submitted a deposit to any college. That’s much bigger than expected at this time of year, said Craig Goebel, principal of the Art & Science Group, a higher education consulting firm, which surveyed 1,171 students.
Plus, about 12% of those who put down a deposit, say to colleges “yes,” saying that they have changed their minds about attending a four-year college.
Main reasons for students’ uncertainty about tertiary institutions: About half said the employment status of their family members changed due to the pandemic, according to the Arts & Science Group survey. (The recently released NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist poll also found that 50% of Americans have been personally affected financially by coronavirus.)
Jordynn Collie knew that fact firsthand. Since he was in eighth grade, Collie, 17, wanted to study at Pennsylvania State University. He told USA TODAY that he was excited about the university’s alumni network and the opportunity to do undergraduate research.
The university has accepted him, and he is ready to attend. Then a coronavirus outbreak occurred.
His mother is on leave again in March, and she will not be able to return to work until July. Even then, it is expected for salary reduction.
Tuition fees outside the country are no longer an option for Collie. He now sees Virginia Commonwealth University or the closest community college, Northern Virginia Community College.
“For me to go to college now, I just need to make sure it’s affordable,” he said.
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This year, a student’s deposit is less than a guarantee he will attend the lecture. That’s partly because of the antitrust investigation by the Department of Justice into trade groups that regulate ethical acceptance practices among universities. Central to government settlement with the National Academy Admissions Counseling Association: Colleges are now permitted to recruit students from the universities they have promised.
“The university is aware that many of them will not find out if a student plans to attend post-deposit until they show up at school or have to make their first school payment,” Goebel said.
The registration down payment tends to be several hundred dollars. Losing deposits to change your mind about your school is not a problem when tens of thousands of dollars in tuition and rooms and boards are in front.
Students who have not made a deposit, Goebel said, tend to express more doubts about the campus being opened in the fall. They have lower ACT or SAT test scores, they have less family income, and they are more likely to be first generation students.
Those who make deposits may expect to pay less if coronavirus forces more online classes. About 70% of students will expect to pay less for one semester of digital class than what they would do for one face-to-face class, according to an Arts & Science poll.(College officials say that they actually have to spend more money to turn to online classes without much warning while still paying faculty members’ wages.)
Even if the campus reopens, universities can take additional financial hits. For Goebel and others, universities must clearly provide some incentives, financial possibilities, to attract students to return to campus in the midst of a pandemic and recession. That might mean lowering school fees or offering more financial assistance.
Davidson College, a highly selective private institution in North Carolina, announced last month that all students will be able to postpone their payments for the fall semester until July 2021. Lee College, a community college in Texas, offers waiver of tuition fees for the summer semester to local high school students and returning students. And Franciscan University, a private Catholic college in Ohio, said it would cover the tuition fees of students for the fall after scholarships and grants had been applied.
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Students choose a campus that is not visible
About a month ago, Sai Sagireddy, who was 18 years old in Trinidad and Tobago, posted on Reddit about his hopes that colleges would widely push back on the day of the May 1 decision.
But of the two universities he considered, Baylor University and George Washington, only Baylor extended the deadline. (George Washington said it would work “with students are accepted on a case-by-case basis. “)
The delayed deadline for choosing a college, Sagireddy told USA TODAY, would give him time to visit the campus during the summer. And that might mean, he said, an opportunity to negotiate further with the financial aid department. (One college, said Sagireddy, did not respond to him for two weeks until he called and followed up on it.)
Instead, he must choose a view of his campus in the future that is not visible. He said he was very sorry to take a break after finishing high school. If he knew coronavirus would be a problem, he would start college soon.
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At least two online petitions appeared in mid-March urging universities to reconsider their deadlines. The creator of one of the petitions, 18-year-old Charlie Lockyer, said his hope was to give students more time to make monumental decisions.
He has decided about college – he plans to attend Rice.But he said it would be very helpful to visit several more campuses. His biggest concern now, he said, is whether classes will be held alone during the fall. If they are online, he plans to take a break.
“I can’t justify spending that kind of money for sitting in my basement doing errands on my computer,” she says.
Another challenge has complicated the decision-making process for students who are bound to college and their parents. While most universities are aligned in their response to coronavirus in the spring, they may take a different path on whether to reopen the campus this fall.
So far, said Chris Marsicano, a guest education professor at Davidson, the college has uniform response despite differences in institutional size.
“Uncertainty breeds imitation,” he said. “When it is not clear how to respond to certain crises, institutions that spend a lot of time with each other will seek mutual guidance.”
Now as time passes, and some states seem to take social orders away, higher education institutions have split up what they should be responding to.
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Some, like Purdue University, has drawn attention to their efforts to restart the fall semester with as little disruption as possible. Others, like the State of San Jose, are already planning for the next semester online classes, leaving several advantages of university education such as lecture halls filled with hundreds of students.
Marsicano, however, urged caution in assessing current university plans.For some institutions, he said, making announcements that they planned to open in the fall could be a way to support incoming classes. Some people who don’t push the May 1 deadline, he said, might then do it. And even those who suggest they should use online courses alone cannot be sure of what will happen.
The college announcement about their plans included “bajillion-and-a-half commemorations,” he said.
Although there is more uncertainty as to what the fall semester will bring, some colleges have begun to follow their respective examples.
Beloit College, for example, it was announced last month that it would offer shorter but more intense classes in an effort to be more flexible in switching from online classes to face-to-face classes if necessary.
On April 20th, Center College has announced similar block scheduling. And after Purdue announced plans to reopen, several major state university systems, including University of North Carolina System, That University of Texas and Texas A&M Systems making similar comments about their campus reopening in the fall, even when recognizing factors like coronavirus outbreaks, lack of testing and local government restrictions can limit their ability to operate normally. They also suggested the class might be smaller or the hostel might be less populated.
So what do families and students have to do in these uncertain times? Marsicano suggested that they continue to register at the school they thought was best for them, regardless of the pandemic.
“Once you are at the door where you want it to be, it’s much harder to leave,” he said.
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