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College Faculty Are ‘Exhausted,’ Survey Finds

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Faculty report working more and feeling “exhausted” as a result of teaching amid the pandemic according to a recent study conducted by Every Learner Everywhere. The survey of 850 introductory course instructors from more than 600 institutions also reflected concerns over widening gaps in student success and equity.

The survey revealed important differences between modes of teaching. Teachers who taught “flexible” courses reported feeling a lower sense of preparedness for the fall term. Those teaching face-to-face felt more prepared. 

Overall, 67 percent of teachers said they felt “prepared to deliver a high-quality course.” The number dropped by 5 percent compared to the same survey taken in August. Consistent with previous survey results, more than half of respondents stated that their institution provided adequate support for remote learning.

Student Equity and Success

The study revealed information on student participation as well. Nearly 40 percent of faculty at two-year schools report a higher rate of courses being dropped while 24 percent from four-year schools reported this, with similar percentages shown when talking about failure rates.

The survey also showed increasing concerns among faculty over widening gaps in student success and equity. Lack of internet access, lower resources, and greater responsibilities outside school are adversely impacting historically disadvantaged students.

The disproportionate impact of lockdown has made it more difficult for students in low-income households to keep up. Students from minority backgrounds are also more likely to be placed in remedial courses, which puts additional strain on student expenses.

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