The Road Ahead for Community Colleges — Examining Enrollment, Completion, Purpose, and Value


Released January 27, 2021

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In the recovering economy, employers will play a central role as Americans look to reskill, upskill, and compete in the workforce. But what do people want and expect from employers’ hiring, advancement, and training practices? In this research we explore the public’s perceptions on skills-based hiring, preferences for employer-provided education and training benefits, and beliefs about who should fund education and training.

This week’s data are based on the Strada Public Viewpoint and Strada Student Viewpoint surveys, which together collected more than 25,000 responses this year. The research is intended to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the COVID-19 crisis.


LACK OF CONFIDENCE

Among Americans without degrees, skepticism about the value of education grew during 2020.


VALUE

Community college students are more likely than their peers at four-year institutions to feel their education will be worth the cost.


COMPLETION

1 in 5 community college students expect to delay their graduation because of COVID-19.


PURPOSE

Community college students are more likely than their peers at four-year institutions to feel support connecting their education to a meaningful career.