Students who learned completely online during the autumn semester said they received a slightly poorer quality of education than those who had instruction in person, according to a new survey launched on Tuesday by Gallup, the voting company and the Lumina Foundation, a nonprofit organization that advocates for equity in postsecondary education.

The survey found that around three quarters of the students about all rated the quality of their "excellent" or "very good" education in the middle of coronavirus pandemic interruptions this autumn, but this result In large part positive, it was slightly detached when the students surveyed were separated by the learning modality. Eighty-five percent of students whose curriculum was "completely" in person, said their quality of education was "excellent" or "very good", while 71 percent of "completely" learning, said online , said the same, a report on the findings.

Dissatisfaction was higher among students than the pandemic "forced online" when it is in normal circumstances, they would take all kinds in person, according to the report, which surveyed some 6,000 current students, almost 4,000 of them looking for undergraduate degrees and around 2,000 subsequent partner titles, during the end of September and early October. Almost 22 percent of students' respondents were taking classes "completely" or "mostly" in person when they were surveyed, while around 60 percent attended classes "completely" or "mostly" in Line, according to the results of the survey.

Jonathan Rothwell, Gallup's main economist and a contributor to the report, said the results of the survey show that students prefer instruction in person and changes to online instruction of some colleges damaged perceptions of academic quality. This is a positive finding for traditional residential schools, which can expect students to will generally want to return to the campus when it is safe to do so, he said.

"The experience in person is perceived as a higher quality by the students, and that they have taken him have been a blow," he said. "The fact that there is that clear preference for learning in person and is considered that the loss and real damage so that students are forced to be forced to be reassured for those whose races and livelihoods depend on students are On campus ".

But Kristine Young, president of the New York State University in Orange, a community college of Hispanic service about 60 miles north of Manhattan, said that a vast majority of students on their campus were satisfied With your switch to most online learning during autumn and even preferred learning remotely. Young said a recent survey of students at the university found that 83 percent planned to enroll in the classes in the spring, who believes it is online with the Gallup and Lumina, discovering that 72 percent of the search students of Associated degree across the country had an "excellent". o "Very good" learning experience in autumn.

"Most of them welcomed with satisfaction of being remote," he said. "It was like a single well, seeing the set of national data and our ... what is happening is the quality, and is fiction that remote education or online learning can not be as good as looking at some people learned standing. A quarter. That myth, being so widespread at this moment is so harmful. "

Young was note that some orange students felt difficulties in balanceing family and financial responsibilities with remote academic work. Many students were not sure of the daycare and the changing plans of the New York public school systems, which were "a persistent pull" away from the university work.

Chris Sinclair, executive director of Flip National, a first generation. And the defense group of low-income students, said the quality findings of education of Gallup education did not reflect the conversations you have had with students in the 23 chapters of the Organization campus. Around half of the students surveyed by Gallup were low.

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