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Public Viewpoint:

COVID-19 Work and Education Survey

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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.


Weekly Dashboard

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.

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Released Oct. 27: Student Viewpoint:
COVID-19 and the Value of College

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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.


Further Resources

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:


Earlier Findings

Released Oct. 15: COVID-19 Work and Education Survey

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Released Sept. 16: Interested But Not Enrolled: Understanding and Serving Aspiring Adult Learners

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Released Aug. 26: The New Education Consumer — What’s Driving Americans’ Interest in Short-term and Virtual Skills Training Options?

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Released Aug. 12: Back to School — Perspectives From the American Public

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Released July 29: The Value of Online Education

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Released July 15: Enrolling in Education: Motivations, Barriers, and Expectations

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Released June 24: Reskilling and Changing Careers in the Midst of COVID-19

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Released June 10: Disparities in Disruption: COVID-19’s Disproportionate Impact on Work and Education for People of Color

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Released May 20: Education disruption, enrollment, and advice

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Released May 13: New Jobs

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Released May 6: Trends by Job Fields

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Released April 29: Trends in Education Plans

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Released April 22: Impact Differences by Race/Ethnicity

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Released April 15: Generational Differences in Impact

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Released April 8: National Overview

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Released April 1: National Overview

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* Survey completed weekly by Heart+Mind Strategies on behalf of the Center for Consumer Insights.

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