US students hurt by sudden campus closures

From Times Higher Education: “The new report … analyses the effects of 467 college closures between July 2004 and June 2020 on student outcomes. They found that 143,000 students in their sample were affected by closures – with about 100,000 (70 per cent) experiencing their institution closing abruptly. Abrupt closures – those which do so without adequate notice or a plan to allow students to complete their courses – were associated with worse future outcomes in enrolment and completion. … Less than half of students who experienced a closure subsequently re-enrolled at a post-secondary institution, and of those just 37 per cent went on to earn a credential, researchers found. Hispanic and black students who faced abrupt closures were even less likely to earn a credential.”

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