Use this hub to access EAB’s exploration of how COVID-19 will impact professional and adult portfolios, including labor market analyses, expert insights, blog posts, and more.
As the novel coronavirus entered and spread across the globe in early 2020, stay-at-home orders immobilized economic activity. Hiring freezes, furloughs, and layoffs defined the summer months. EAB has continued to monitor regional labor market data to inform your program planning conversations. Use these analyses and the included discussion questions to consider how to adapt your portfolio for COVID-19 and the pandemic economic recovery.
Labor market analyses
Our researchers are watching how the labor market responds to the pandemic after the initial near-universal decline in hiring. These analyses offer early data for your portfolio planning conversations, as well as recommended questions for your discussions.
While the total impact on our economy will take months to unfold, EAB is providing initial analyses of regional labor market data to inform program planning conversations. Consider this early data in your portfolio planning conversations, as well as the recommended questions for discussion.
Explore EAB's analyses of Canadian regional market data in your portfolio planning conversations, as well as the recommended questions for discussion.
Fields will recover differently from the economic downturn, so we’re exploring particular disciplines in-depth to consider what we know today about their enrollment outlooks as well as what signals to watch when predicting the future. Use these resources to make informed decisions about particular programs.
Learn three steps to meet growing employer demand by aligning program curricula with in-demand cybersecurity certification requirements.
Student audience impacts
Knowing the importance of designing your credentials to serve particular adult students’ needs, the perspectives below address how different audience segments have and will be affected. Review these resources to consider how your current offerings can be redesigned to serve emerging needs, or if you should expand your portfolio to address a new demand.
How 1000+ adult learners said COVID-19 impacted their plans—and what this means for enrollment strategy
We surveyed 1000+ current and prospective adult learners. Here’s how the pandemic has impacted their graduate, online, and professional education plans—and three key takeaways for your strategy.
Responsive program design
Explore our resources targeted to program design decisions as you attempt to mold your portfolio and programs to succeed this fall and beyond.
As the coronavirus crisis impacts professional job prospects and university enrollment targets, professional and adult education units must develop innovative and flexible programs which meet the evolving needs of the market, young alumni, and working professionals. Participants in the meeting will have the opportunity to share their own ideas, explore how peers would design a new program to meet the needs of young alumni or current professionals in specific industries, and help shape and direct EAB research.
See four common pitfalls of graduate, adult, and online program development—and what you can do to avoid them.
Read our Q&A with a strategic enrollment planning expert for insights on designing successful graduate, online, and certificate programs for adult learners.
Need additional coronavirus resources?
This resource center will help you navigate your institution’s response to COVID-19.