FORBES: Traditional higher ed threatened by coronavirus

Forbes reports that new data suggest the economic fallout from coronavirus on America’s college campuses might be more serious than you think.

One of the striking changes in students’ attitudes found by the survey is this: One in six college-bound respondents to the survey “appear to be near the point of giving up on the idea of attending a 4-year college or university as a fulltime student in the fall.” Add to this the fact that the survey found that “an additional two-thirds of graduating seniors” worry that the pandemic will compel them “to change their first-choice school” to one that is “likely to be less expensive, closer to home, and more familiar to them.”

Equally striking—and perhaps another sign of higher education’s future—the survey found that 44% of the students surveyed stated that they were “potentially more interested in taking an online course as part of their post-secondary educational experience.”

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