First-Year Students Struggled With Online Learning Last Year

“Emily Bouck West, deputy executive director for ​​Higher Learning Advocates, which has been lobbying for broadband affordability programs for students, was pleased that the report details students’ struggles with broadband access.

‘It’s great that we have more data about the challenges that so many students are experiencing when trying to access and complete their coursework online,’ Bouck West said. ‘Broadband connectivity challenges existed certainly before the pandemic but were absolutely exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and we’ve had very little data about how students are affected.’”

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