Virtual School Meanderings

June 17, 2021

New Report Released on Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Undergraduate Student Experiences in Spring of 2020

While not K-12 focused, I suspect that this report has lots of common themes that readers of this blog would find interesting.

 Institute of Education Sciences

New Report Released on Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Undergraduate Student Experiences in Spring of 2020

2021456In the spring of 2020, 84 percent of all undergraduates experienced some or all their classes moving to online-only instruction due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Twenty-seven percent of students reported receiving a tuition refund from their institution, and 38 percent a room-and-board refund.

A new and unique National Center for Education Statistics report, 2019–20 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS:20): First Look at the Impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on Undergraduate Student Enrollment, Housing, and Finances (Preliminary Data), is released. The population included in this report is approximately 61,000 undergraduate students from the nationally representative NPSAS:20 sample. The data used in this report provide the first national estimates of the impact of COVID-19 on postsecondary students in the first academic semester of the pandemic. This First Look describes early pandemic disruptions to students’ enrollment, housing, and finances, as well as how institutions supported and informed students on these and other impacts.

Some key findings from this report include:

  • Thirty-four percent of undergraduates received technology or technical services from their institution to aid in transitioning to online instruction.
  • Twenty-eight percent of undergraduates experienced a housing disruption due to COVID-19: moving back to their permanent address, moving to another living situation, or having difficulty finding safe and stable housing.
  • Twenty-nine percent of undergraduates lost a job or lost income as a result of the pandemic.
  • Seventy percent of undergraduates agreed that their institution provided helpful communication on changes to accessing coursework due to the pandemic.

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