Colleges prepare for a freshman class unlike any other after a pandemic year(1)

Posted on 4/9/2021 2:32:24 PM

“Timothy Runge, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s departments of education and psychology, said many colleges know they will have to make allowances for deficits among incoming freshman. “What we know, historically, is that pre-covid kids in general (in grades K-8) would lose about 20% of what they’ve learned in the prior academic year. It’s called summer slide. Now, there are groups at the higher and lower range in the elementary years,” Runge said. “When we’re talking about high school kids matriculating into college, those numbers are not established, but we definitely expect some slide. … It’s reasonable to assume students will have lost a lot more this past academic year than ever before.””

—“Colleges prepare for a freshman class unlike any other after a pandemic year,”
Greensburg Tribune-Review, April 9, 2021