COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
Updated October 27, 2020
Over the past five years, after hearing from more than 350,000 Americans through our Strada-Gallup research, we know that beliefs about the value of education and training after high school are closely tied to connections to work. In this unusual semester, what is happening to these connections, and how are these changes shaping opinions about value?
Our Student Viewpoint survey, with more than 4,000 responses from undergraduates now enrolled at bachelor’s degree-granting schools, finds that beyond the disruptions to in-person learning, COVID-19 is challenging essential drivers of student and alumni beliefs about the long-term value of their education. Understanding these real-time dynamics can help faculty, higher ed leaders, and administrators support students’ needs and reduce the frictions they are experiencing.
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 Oct. 27: Student Viewpoint:
COVID-19 and the Value of College
Only 1 in 5 college students say their school is “excellent” or “very good” at connecting education to meaningful careers.
1 in 5 college students say COVID-19 has made their opportunities for career exploration “much worse.”
Fewer than 1 in 5 current college students strongly agree their education will be worth the cost.
When students have the support to connect their education to a career, they are more likely to say their education will be worth the cost.
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)
- What Student Enrollment Decisions Say About Melt, Retention Risk, and the Next Recruiting Cycle (Eduventures, August 2020)
- Monthly Update on Higher Education Enrollment (National Student Clearinghouse, September 2020)
- COVID-19’s Impact on Current and Future College Students (New America and Third Way, September 2020)
- The Impact of Coronavirus on Households in Major U.S. Cities (NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, September 2020)
- 2020 Survey of College and University Admissions Officers (Inside Higher Ed and Gallup, September 2020)
Released Oct. 15: COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
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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