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The 2 critical areas colleges must address in meeting student need

A study of young and adult learners shows that institutional supports are key, including how technology is utilized.

A new report released by technology provider Anthology on Wednesday offered two key pieces of insight for higher education leaders: the top challenges students have faced over the past year and how they believe learning and technology should be provided on their campuses.

More than 50% of respondents in the Opportunities to Grow Student Success and Career Preparation survey–including first-generation, older students, those at community colleges and those in four-year programs–said they struggled with their mental health during 2021-22. Many of them also faced financial obstacles, including increasing loan debts and/or housing insecurity. When asked what might stop them from attending college in the future, both of those ranked highest. Nearly two-thirds already had either paused or reduced their studies or switched majors.

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