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A Third of College Students Don't Expect to Return if Fall Classes are Online

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An education study site ran an informal poll with students about whether they'd return to school in the fall if it were only delivered remotely; a third said they'd withdraw. OneClass, the company that performed the poll, provides study resources that have been submitted by students themselves, including class and textbook notes, study guides and exam preparation materials.

Some 1,038 first-, second- and third-year students were asked a single question on Facebook: "Do you plan to withdraw from your current school if they only offer a remote/e-learning option for fall 2020?" Thirty-five percent said they wouldn't bother.

Recently, the same company ran another single-question survey, asking students whether or not they felt they were "receiving a quality e-learning experience" from their university or college since it was closed due to coronavirus. Just a quarter (24.5 percent) of respondents said yes. The rest, representing 45 different institutions, responded no.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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