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Students reveal how coronavirus pandemic has affected their lives

July 20, 2020
By Tim Engle

Coronavirus (COVID-19)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.

Read more about the survey.