COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
Seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans feel stuck at work and unconvinced a good job or opportunities to advance are within their reach. They see barriers in a system for hiring and advancing at work that doesn’t feel fair, and insufficient support from employers — concerns they put on par with education and skill gaps. While most Americans continue to believe that education would provide some kind of advantage, some remain skeptical of its value, particularly Americans without college degrees. To fulfill the promise of education as a worthwhile investment on the road to a good job, Americans say work-based learning opportunities and additional support to help them succeed would provide the biggest boosts to confidence in the value of education.
The nationally representative Public Viewpoint survey, with more than 21,000 responses collected between March 25 and Oct. 29, is intended to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the COVID-19 crisis.
Public Viewpoint is led by Center for Education Consumer Insights. Learn more about our research and the value of the education consumer perspective here.
This interactive dashboard explores the experiences and perspectives of a nationally representative sample of American adults as they navigate the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts on work and education. Click the statement and variable categories below to discover more about the effects of this crisis on everyday Americans.
Released November 12, 2020: Confidence in Education’s Promise: Perspectives on Access and Barriers to Good Jobs
Half of Americans don’t believe a good job is within their reach, or that they can advance in their careers.
Many feel powerless over their ability to get a good job or advance their career due to perceptions that the system for hiring and advancing at work isn’t fair, employer supports are insufficient, or they lack the right skills.
One in 4 Americans without a college degree say more education and training would make no difference in their ability to get a good job or advance in their career.
Interest in work-based and online training programs has increased substantially throughout the pandemic.
Charting the new path forward takes all of us, and Strada will continue to update our COVID-19 Resource Center with immediate needs, actionable data, future strategies, and virtual events to help stakeholders stay informed and communities connected.
In addition, we’re tracking surveys and findings from many of the partners and organizations assessing how COVID-19 is impacting Americans’ attitudes and experiences related to education and work:
- Understanding Coronavirus in America (USC Center for Economic and Social Research, daily)
- Dashboard of Fall 2020 plans for academic instruction (The College Crisis Initiative at Davidson College, rolling)
- SERU COVID-19 Survey Policy Briefs (UC Berkeley Center for Studies in Higher Education, rolling)
- Opportunity Insights Economic Tracker (Harvard University and Brown University, rolling)
- COVID-19’s Impact on Current and Future College Students (New America and Third Way, September 2020)
- 2020 Survey of College and University Admissions Officers (Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, September 2020)
- Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment (National Student Clearinghouse, October 2020)
- Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic: It Is Not Who You Teach, but How You Teach (National Bureau of Economic Research, October 2020)
- Student Wellness During COVID-19: What Role Do Universities Play in Supporting their Students? (Course Hero & NASPA, October 2020)
Released Oct. 27: Student Viewpoint:
COVID-19 and the Value of College
Released Oct. 15: Student Viewpoint on Impacts to Completion
Released Sept. 16: Interested But Not Enrolled: Understanding and Serving Aspiring Adult Learners
Released Aug. 26: The New Education Consumer — What’s Driving Americans’ Interest in Short-term and Virtual Skills Training Options?
Released Aug. 12: Back to School — Perspectives From the American Public
Released July 29: The Value of Online Education
Released July 15: Enrolling in Education: Motivations, Barriers, and Expectations
Released June 24: Reskilling and Changing Careers in the Midst of COVID-19
Released June 10: Disparities in Disruption: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Work and Education for People of Color
Released May 20: Education disruption, enrollment, and advice
Released May 13: New Jobs
Released May 6: Trends by Job Fields
Released April 29: Trends in Education Plans
Released April 22: Impact Differences by Race/Ethnicity
Released April 15: Generational Differences in Impact
Released April 8: National Overview
Released April 1: National Overview
* Survey completed weekly by Heart+Mind Strategies on behalf of the Center for Consumer Insights.
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