Public Viewpoint: Education disruption, enrollment, and advice

Released May 20, 2020

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After weeks of impact to Americans’ emotional and economic well-being because of COVID-19, many are beginning to consider what will come next in their lives. For millions of them, those plans include decisions about education and training. But what is happening to their current education and future plans? Where and when do they expect to enroll? What kind of programs do they want? And where are they turning for advice on their choices?

Responses from more than 8,000 adults now are included in this survey*, updated weekly and designed to track the impact of the pandemic on American lives, work, and education. Its intent is to provide insights to the education and training providers, policymakers, employers, and individual Americans who are navigating the crisis.

Among adults who are not currently enrolled, those with postsecondary degrees or credentials report they are more likely to enroll in all types of education within the next six months than those without.

Who is the most likely to enroll in courses or training?

Among those not currently enrolled, Americans ages 25 to 44 are just as likely to start a new program (35%) in the next six months as those ages 18 to 24 (32%).

Who do Americans turn to for advice on education?

Families are ranked as the most valuable source of advice about education or training for those considering enrolling.