Welcome to the Meratas Memo’s Weekly Roundup! This is your weekly fix of higher education and alternative financing news. Here are this week's stories:
Many universities and institutions were split on whether to remain fully open or go online for this past fall semester. Both sides argued their cases and both sides were played out in the last few months.
In this week's Edsurge podcast, they discuss the outcomes and which method was best for professors and students.
The pandemic forced many students to learn completely online this past semester due to health and safety concerns. While online learning has grown to be very robust not only in the last few years but in the last few months during this pandemic, many students still feel like their education was lacking.
In this post by Inside Higher Ed, they examine new polls that show a great deal of variance in how student's perceived the online semester and what that could mean for the future.
The pandemic, with a majority of education moving online, seems like it could put those without access to internet at a disadvantage. However, even before the pandemic, more than 25 million Americans did not have basic internet access. The state of Connecticut is looking to break down that barrier for students.
The state has rolled out a plan over the last few months to give laptops to every k-12 grade student and pay for their internet. The efforts have resulted in near universal access to the internet for all its students despite 40% of homes lacking basic access.
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