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Survey: Students of Color Report Greater Academic, Emotional Toll From Pandemic

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In an online survey from the Global Strategy Group and The Education Trust, students of color and low income students reported greater academic, financial and emotional tolls from the COVID-19 pandemic than did the general student population.

The survey, conducted online from May 14-19, collected feedback Mental Disordersfrom a pool of 1,010 two-year, four-year and undergraduate certificate students nationwide.

Key findings include:

  • More than three in four students are concerned about being on track to graduate from their program. For Black and Latinx students, that percentage rose to 84% and 81%, respectively.
  • Roughly a third of students reported skipping a meal or reducing how much they eat as a result of the pandemic. For low-income students, that percentage rose to 43%.
  • 32% of students nationwide indicated that their college or university was offering accessible mental health services during the pandemic. For Black students, that percentage dropped to 24%.
  • Likewise, 73% of students feared developing or worsening depression, anxiety or other mental health issues during this time. These concerns rose for students from non-English speaking homes (82%), associate degree students of color (79%) and Latinx women (78%).
  • Half of students nationwide said their school has provided virtual office hours or ways to connect with academic advisors, while just 39% of Black students and 43% of low-income students said the same.
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