Almost a year in the pandemic that stepped forward to higher education, students continue to worry about Mental health, capturing Covid-19 and the quality and challenges of online education.

New poll data collected in December by non-profit organizations, New America and third, some of these concerns, along with university attitudes and university leadership, vaccines and access to Internet. The organizations carried out a similar survey in August of last year.

For those students who learn online through the pandemic, the modality continues to have its inconvenience, showed the survey. More than half of the students said they have had to make purchases, such as computers, microphones or desks, to be able to learn online. For 70 percent of those students, purchases arrived at the "significant" cost. That number was significantly higher among students who are parents or guardians to a child or caregiver for a family member, 91 percent.

Internet access has been another barrier for online learning. Almost 60 percent of respondents indicated that having access to stable and high-speed Internet access was a challenge for them, although only 4 percent said that they did not have enough high-speed Internet, reliable to complete their courses.

"Students find ways to overcome this challenge, whether they move physically in spaces that give them Internet access they can use" or through other means, said Tamara Hiler, Director of Education in the Third way. But if you do, if that means paying more on the Internet of greater speed or moving physically to cafeterias or other places where you can connect to Wi-Fi, you can still alter a learning environment.

While online learning comes with challenges, and more than half of students said that higher education is not good quality when it was carried out online, students who learn online They say overwhelmingly, they want classes to remain in a hybrid or online format, with 76 percent according to all. Black students, Latinx students and care students were less likely than the general group to say they would prefer to take classes in person, 8 percent, 7 percent and 7 percent, respectively, compared to 18 by one hundred in the general survey.

For students In general, the pandemic has eroded some confidence in university and university leadership, but not everything. About half of the students said the pandemic made them trusted less the university leadership than before, a number that rises to 63 percent among black students. Similarly, half of respondents agreed with the statement "My institution only cares about the money you can get from students." But on the turn side, more than 80 percent said that their institutions were concerned about their safety or have been assured of a safe experience on campus.

"It has been surprising even in August and now the amount of the benefit of doubt, students are really giving their institutions," said Hiler. "There has been a widespread recognition that this is outside the control of universities in many ways."

University students generally continue to worry about their well-being and health.

Seventy-nine percent of the students surveyed said they were concerned about their Mental. Health during the pandemic, 8 percent more than in August. The only major concern for students was the disease itself, infected or having affected loved ones. About 86 percent of students were concerned about friends and family that trap the disease.

As a measure of the real thing that is concern, in August, only 6 percent of respondents said they had infected with Covid-19. Now, after three waves of outbreaks in the United States, that number is up to 15 percent.

Waiting for the availability of vaccines, only 68 percent said they would get the vaccine if it was Wer.


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