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August 18, 2020


Signs of depression among graduate students in the United States have apparently doubled during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey that drew responses from more than 15,000 graduate and 30,000 undergraduate students at 9 US research universities.


The rate of students at universities who likely have depression is double what it was a year ago, that’s according to a survey released today from UC Berkeley and other institutions.

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August 17, 2020


The ongoing pandemic caused by the continued prevalence and spread of the novel coronavirus has been especially trying for first-generation college students, with a new survey finding that the cohort was especially vulnerable to experiencing financial hardships, food and housing insecurity, mental health disorders, and obstacles to transitioning to online courses.

July 2, 2020

University World News

The coronavirus pandemic that shut down university campuses across the globe this spring has heightened concerns about xenophobia, harassment and discrimination among many international students enrolled in United States institutions, a survey suggests.

One in four international undergraduate, graduate and professional students expressed concerns about intimidating, hostile or offensive behaviour that occurred during the pandemic, the survey said. Most of those students also expressed increased concerns about their personal safety.

Times Higher Ed

Familiarity with remote formats tempered by concerns over racism and health, survey finds

July 1, 2020

The Pie News

International students at research universities in the US are generally satisfied with their academic experiences and institutional support during the pandemic but worry about their health, safety and immigration issues, according to a survey by Student Experience in the Research University Consortium at the University of California – Berkeley.

Inside Higher Ed

International students report higher levels of satisfaction with remote learning than their domestic peers, but they have concerns about issues of health, safety and immigration.

June 24, 2020

Berkeley Blog

In a shot heard around the country, on May 21, 2020, UC’s Board of Regents suspended the requirement and use of standardized tests, including the SAT and ACT, for freshman applicants.  UC will be test optional for campus selection of freshman in fall 2021 and 2022, and “beginning with fall 2023 applicants and ending with fall 2024 applicants, campuses will not consider test scores for admissions selection at all, and will practice test-blind admissions selection.”

June 18, 2020


The vast majority of students at research universities plan to continue their education in the fall of 2020 even as states continue to grapple with containing the novel coronavirus, according to a new study reporting that only 1% of domestic students won’t re-enroll for the upcoming semester.

Inside Higher Ed

Ninety percent of undergraduate students at research universities plan to continue their education in the fall, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 9 percent of students are unsure, and 1 percent say they won’t re-enroll, according to the Student Experience at a Research University COVID-19 survey. The report uses data from 19,155 students at five public research universities.

June 17, 2020

Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is administering a special survey on the impact of COVID-19 on student experience at 10 US public research universities. The SERU COVID-19 Survey assesses 5 areas of the student experience for both undergraduates and graduate students impacted by the pandemic and campus closures: (1) the transition to remote instruction, (2) the financial impact of COVID-19 on students, (3) student health and wellbeing, (4) belonging and engagement, and (5) future plans.

June 8, 2020

Brill Publishing

The lack of academic integrity combined with the prevalence of fraud and other forms of unethical behavior are problems that higher education faces in both developing and developed countries, at mass and elite universities, and at public and private institutions. While academic misconduct is not new, massification, internationalization, privatization, digitalization, and commercialization have placed ethical challenges higher on the agenda for many universities.

May 20, 2020

New York Times

In a recent study, Saul Geiser, a researcher at Berkeley, found that the correlation between family income and SAT scores among University of California applicants is three times as strong as the correlation between their family income and their high school G.P.A.

May 18, 2020

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium is supporting research universities worldwide during the pandemic. The Consortium has developed a special short survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the student experience at research-intensive universities in the US and internationally. The survey was designed to take less than ten minutes to complete and appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate/professional students.

University World News

The COVID-19 pandemic is all-absorbing, requiring university leaders and academic staff to deal with major transitions in teaching to online formats, probable declines in revenue, hiring freezes and lay-offs and attempts to plan for what lies ahead.


The coronavirus means many colleges have temporarily dropped admissions testing requirements, given the uncertainty about when students will be able to take the SAT or ACT.

May 13, 2020

The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) is pleased to announce the following new additions to the Research and Occasional Papers Series (ROPS):

May 11, 2020

The Scandal of Standardized Tests Why We Need to Drop the SAT and ACT

Family background factors like parental income, education, and race now account for over 40% of the variance in SAT/ACT scores among UC applicants, according to a new publication by CSHE researcher Saul Geiser. 

May 7, 2020

Berkeley News

Recent years have witnessed a rise in the level of nationalism in many countries with tightened immigration policies and stronger governmental oversight of multinational research collaborations. At the same time, competition among countries and universities for international students has increased significantly, while the demographics of young populations in many countries are shifting.

Now, the onset of a historic global pandemic, with its serious travel challenges and dramatic economic effects, raises yet another threat to the future of internationalization on U.S. campuses.

May 6, 2020

The Center for Studies in Higher Education is currently accepting applications from UC Berkeley doctoral students, who are writing dissertations focused on higher education, to join a stimulating research seminar to be held in 2020-2021.