COVID-19 Work and Education Survey
Updated July 29, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis continues to touch nearly every aspect of American life, but the latest Strada Public Viewpoint research shows Americans’ interest in online learning will endure beyond the pandemic. This week’s findings reveal Americans’ perceptions of online education, from whether they feel they can learn effectively online to the value of online education in the job market.
The nationally representative Public Viewpoint survey, with more than 14,000 responses collected between March 25 and July 23, is intended to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. This week’s analysis integrates additional data from Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Surveys fielded between 2016 and 2020.
Public Viewpoint is led by Strada 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 July 29: The Value of Online Education
Three in 10 Americans say that even if COVID-19 was not a threat, they’d prefer an online-only learning option.
Recent graduates of programs at online institutions rate the value of their education higher than graduates of other four-year colleges.
Nearly half of women would choose an exclusively online option if they enrolled in the next six months.
Black Americans have the most confidence in the quality of online education.
Similar shares of Americans say online-only, hybrid, and in-person education would be the best value for their money.
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:
- Roundup of Gallup U.S. COVID-19 Coverage (Gallup, July 27, 2020)
- Coronavirus Index (Ipsos/Axios, weekly)
- Coronavirus Quick Poll (National Association of Colleges and Employers, weekly)
- Understanding Coronavirus in America (USC Center for Economic and Social Research, daily)
- COVID-19 on Campus (College Pulse & Charles Koch Foundation, June 2020)
- Survey of College and University Business Officers (Inside Higher Ed, July 2020)
- What will social distancing look like for students at colleges and universities this fall? (EAB, June 2020)
- Most students ready to return to campus amid pandemic (College Reaction/Axios, July 2020)
- Nearly half say job lost to virus won’t return (AP-NORC, July 24, 2020)
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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