As COVID Made Getting a Degree Harder, Universities Failed to Enroll Minorities; Major Media Fails to CoverPublished Aug 12, 2021
By Bob Weiner and Adjanni Ramos, OpEdNews.com
Previous to the pandemic, a September 2019 study from the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) found that only six out of fifty flagship universities met the affordability benchmark that is expected from a state college. The same study found that the average students need over $80,000 to complete a four-year education at many of the fifty flagships’; outrages for a flagship college.
A pandemic study published by IHEP in May 2021 found that 24% of students suffered from connectivity and context-access issues, while an additional 4% couldn’t connect to the internet at all. The cost of attending a state-flagship university is already high. Add the cost of high-speed internet, which most low-income families already struggle to meet, and one can see how students feel like it’s not worth acquiring a degree amidst a pandemic, let alone outside one.
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