Higher Ed Student Success Survey Fall 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on higher education will be felt for years, maybe generations, to come. Colleges and universities are responding to the pandemic in a variety of ways so they can continue to provide a high-quality education. While they are adapting to the new reality as well as they can, students are having a very different college experience than they expected. It’s more important than ever for higher education leaders to deepen their understanding of the challenges students face so they can step in to help when needed.

This report presents four key findings about what college life looks like now for students, the challenges they face, and the concerns they have for their future. The results have long-term implications for higher education leaders, advisors, faculty, and everyone involved in driving student success. For each finding, recommendations are provided for interventions and strategies that institutions can use to get students the help they need.

Four key findings:

  • The pandemic is negatively impacting college academic success
  • Students’ wellbeing is suffering
  • Students are more concerned about their future than before COVID-19
  • Students aren’t getting the support they need

Hobsons partnered with Hanover Research to survey higher education students during the fall semester of 2020. The survey collected responses from a nationally representative sample of over 1,000 students across the United States from two-year and four-year institutions.

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Topics Higher Ed Student Success and Advising
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