Most universities around the world have now completed at least a year in remote-first mode due to the COVID pandemic. Some countries have been lucky enough to avoid/supress a major explosion of cases (China, New Zealand, Australia) but European and North American institutions have definitely been severely restricted in how much they could do in-person.

Did any universities publish an overview of how successful remote learning has been, according to whatever metrics they find important? I.e. graduation rates, median test scores, number of research grants approved, etc.

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    I'm not sure what metrics would make a good comparison. Grants approved will remain stable, because granting agencies have the same fixed pot of money to distribute. Most test scores are normalized in some way, whether via official grading on the curve or via more subjective subconscious marker adjustments. I guess a change in graduation rates might tell you something, but I've not heard of them really changing anywhere. May 24, 2021 at 22:03
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    This will be an interesting study. However, at least at my university and many in Australia, people are in survival mode; too busy fighting for their job, and making the transition to an online setting, which is made even more challenging if you are not too good with computers. Also, given the huge job cuts, many of us have double or triple the usual load. May 24, 2021 at 22:05
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    An interesting question, indeed, but I suspect many of the people who have the information (with whatever metrics) have incentives to not be forthright... May 24, 2021 at 22:17
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    I expect it to take a couple of years, at least, before any studies get published.
    – Buffy
    May 24, 2021 at 23:01
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    @Buffy I know an academic at my university who's looking for a PhD student to study this exact topic.
    – nick012000
    May 25, 2021 at 2:19


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