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Pandemic has caused decline in education quality according to new poll of university students and faculty

Toronto, Nov. 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- University students, faculty, and academic librarians are struggling with social isolation, stress, and a lack of institutional supportA according to the results of a new poll which finds that those working and studying at Ontarioa??s universities believe the shift to online education has negatively impacted quality. Without immediate action from universities and the Ontario government to address these concerns, it is likely that quality will degrade even further.a??These results demonstrate that meaningful engagement between students and faculty is fundamental to the learning process,a?? said Rahul Sapra, President of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. a??As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the scramble to move courses online, we have lost that human connection and educational quality has suffered.a??The poll of 2,700 Ontario students, faculty, and academic librarians was commissioned by OCUFA and conducted by Navigator Inc. It reveals that 62 per cent of students and 76 per cent of faculty and academic librarians believe that the adjustments universities made to move teaching online have had a negative impact on education quality.Financial security, care demands, and work-life balance are significant stress points for both groups. A third of students and two thirds of faculty and academic librarians revealed that they have care-giving responsibilities that they are struggling to balance while working or studying.When asked about the impacts of the pandemic,A a majority of students said they are concerned about their education quality and academic performance, their financial security as a result of high tuition fees and fewer opportunities to earn income, their mental health, and their ability to manage non-academic responsibilities, including caregiving, while studying.
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