Half of all US adults say colleges that brought students back to campus made the right decision, hallazgos del estudio

As colleges and universities deal with coronavirus outbreaks, the question of whether these institutions made the right decision in bringing students back on campus continues to be a topic of national conversation.

Ahora, a new report from the Pew Research Center is shedding light on how some Americans feel about this issue
Sobre 50% of adults said that it was the right decision to bring students back for in-person instruction while 48% said it was the wrong decision, de acuerdo con la survey, which was published on Monday.
Students sit outside and take a break between classes on the campus of Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana on October 6, 2020.

The survey also found that there were deep partisan divides among respondents, con 74% of Republicans and Republican leaners were more likely to say that bringing students back was the right course of action compared to 29% of Democrats and Democratic leaners.
    General, the American public continues to have negative views of how colleges and universities are doing these dayssimilar to 2018 tendencias, according to Pew.
    Este año, 56% of Americans expressed that higher education was going in the wrong direction compared to the 41% who said it was going in the right direction, according to the survey.

    Online learning vs in-person learning

    As coronavirus cases surged in the spring, colleges pivoted to virtual learning to comply with statewide stay-at-home orders. The institutions had to refund room and board fees a los estudiantes, pay for the costs of moving to remote learning and continue to compensate faculty and staff members.
    Asi que, when faced with the decision to resume in-person learning in the fall, many colleges had limited options: they could reopen with safety measures in place or face a huge financial hit with online learning.
    Even as virtual learning has become more prevalent this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Americans were still uncertain about the educational value of this type of learning compared to in-person instruction, according to the Pew survey.
    De hecho, 68% of adults said that an online course did not measure up an in-person course, while only 30% of adults said otherwise. Y, although majorities of Republicans and Democrats express this sentiment, Democrats were more likely support online classes (33%) than their Republicans counterparts (26%).
    Among college graduates, online classes were not as popular as in-person ones. Sobre 75% of respondents with bachelor’s degrees or higher said online classes did not providean equal educational value.
      Además, 67% of respondents with some college education also expressed this view, así como también 64% of those with a high school diploma or less.
      This September, 11.2 million students between the ages of 18 a 24 years old were enrolled in collegea slight decline from last year’s 11.5 millón, according to Pew’s analysis of Census Bureau data.

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