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Most Students at Princeton Would Take Leave of Absence if In-Person Classes Don’t Resume

Most Students at Princeton Would Take Leave of Absence if In-Person Classes Don’t Resume

“survey results, released on Saturday, were based on 2,237 total responses”

This is the catch-22 many schools are facing. There are going to be problems whether they reopen or not.

The College Fix reports:

Most Princeton students would take leave of absence if in-person classes don’t resume

Nearly two thirds of students at Princeton University responded to a recent campus survey that they “would seriously consider” taking a leave of absence if the Ivy League institution does not return for on-campus classes in the fall.

Reported by The Daily Princetonian, the undergraduate student government conducted the survey in early May, polling almost half of the student body, of which 63.4 percent said they would consider a leave of absence if the institution continues to deliver its classes online.

Princeton, as with colleges across the country, suspended in-person instruction and closed its campus following the coronavirus outbreak.

The survey question was one of many posed to students regarding the effect of the coronavirus on student life and academics. A majority of students also favored an optional pass/fail grading system if the fall semester took place online.

From the Princetonion’s report:

Earlier this month, however, Dean of the College Jill Dolan confirmed that the University could not guarantee immediate return to students who take gap years this fall. As an online fall semester becomes increasingly probable, colleges across the country are bracing for a surge of students seeking to take a year off.

The survey results, released on Saturday, were based on 2,237 total responses and included student feedback on a wide range of issues regarding the COVID-19 crisis’ impact on academics and student life. Each survey question was optional, so each had a different number of total respondents. The University’s total undergraduate population is 5,428 students.

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The Princeton students are 100% correct. As a matter of fact, universities and colleges have been guilty of fraud in not offering students a choice between on-line education or a refund for the semester’s tuition this spring.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to JAB. | May 19, 2020 at 11:34 am

    Did you catch their use of BLACKMAIL?

    “……confirmed that the University could not guarantee immediate return to students who take gap years this fall…..”

It only makes sense that students would decline to pay Princeton’s (or any other college’s) large tuition to take classes online.

You can take most college classes online for free through websites like the Kahn Academy.

Some well-known colleges offer online classes at very low tuition rates, for example U of Phoenix for $400 per credit. Besides, the established online classes are probably better than the ones that colleges put out on an emergency basis.

See, for example:
https://www.khanacademy.org/
https://www.phoenix.edu/

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