Students reveal how coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives
July 20, 2020
By Tim Engle
Metropolitan Community College students were among nearly 13,000 students from 25 community colleges in 10 states who shared "the early impacts" of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Center for Community College Student Engagement conducted the online survey from April 29-June 9.
Among the findings:
- More than 80% said their college had done a good job helping them adapt to changes in instruction.
- Black students experienced more challenges than others, including concerns about computer access, having enough food, and being able to pay utility bills and rent.
- Of the students who held jobs prior to the outbreak (74% of respondents), 61% reported their work hours were reduced, and 7% lost their jobs.
- Asked which instructional formats they preferred, 46% chose hybrid classes (a combination of in-person and online/virtual); 42% preferred in-class (in-person) instruction only; and 12% said online only.