It’s fair to say the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted society, from how we live day-to-day to how we work, travel, socialize, and more. Certainly the pandemic has changed education at all levels, with parents and kids in close proximity constantly, and college students forced to go home as their schools shut down campuses and switched to remote classes.
With post-high-school degrees being such an indispensable step on the path to success in the modern world, these major changes for colleges, universities, and vocational schools worldwide have had a profound effect on the status of students and on higher education as a whole, and will influence the future of people and economies for years to come.
It is thus vital to examine pandemic-era trends in higher education, and predict what this means for the future.
Talking about the bad news before the good news is easy when we’re discussing the pandemic, and the news has mostly been bad for colleges and universities.
With student, staff, and faculty safety a primary concern, campuses worldwide shut down and made the ad hoc transition to remote classes. While many campuses have re-opened and re-started in-person education, the focus still remains on safety, both from the perspective of administrators determining the best course of action and from students who have drawn back from higher learning due to frustration with the new status quo. As the pandemic continues to rage and recovery goes slowly, schools will experience shrinking attendance and its consequences to tuition and campus culture.
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