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  • Coronavirus Quick Poll – Preliminary Results

    Trends & Predictions
    NACE staff analyzes survey results.

    TAGS: trends and predictions, surveys, coronavirus

    NACE is polling its members regarding their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The poll closes March 31. Preliminary results will be provided each Friday (March 13, 20, 27).

    Again, please note that due to the fluidity of the situation, respondents could return to the survey each week to change their answers to reflect the changes in their office’s policies. We believe that allowing respondents to change their answers gives a more accurate snapshot of what is happening in real-time.

    Employers (n = 361)

    • Changes to the workplace indicate work being done remotely with electronic communication, while maintaining general staff meetings.
      • Almost half of the employers in the survey have asked their employees to work from home. The other half may partially consist of employers whose staff can’t work from home (e.g., manufacturers).
    • Over a quarter of employers will no longer recruit on campus this Spring, while over an eighth have eliminated all college recruiting for the spring.
    • Though 91% of employers planned to continue with internships as planned (as of 3/13/20), that number is down to 71% (as of 3/27/20). The large group of “Other” responses (23%) generally relate that they are still taking a wait-and-see approach while they evaluate different options such as reducing the length of the internship, the number of interns, and/or moving the experience online.
    • About two-thirds of employers have eliminated all non-essential travel, including attendance at conferences.

    Colleges (n = 1,055)

    • Changes to the campus include immediate cancellation of study abroad programs by about 55% of respondents. That number has remained extremely stable since 3/13/20, indicating that was the first change that most schools made right away; the remaining 45% may not have study abroad programs. The other options in the question all show that more schools implemented more restrictions on campus as the weeks have progressed.
    • It is striking that 54% of schools moved all their classes online within a span of two weeks.
    • In terms of changes to their Spring recruiting programming, nearly half of schools cancelled their on-campus career fairs, on-campus interviewing programs, and inviting employers on campus to present to students.
      • The large “Other” group of responses generally indicate that career centers moved any or all programming to a virtual setting.
    • About 86% of schools instituted some type of travel restrictions on their faculty and/or staff, with nearly two-thirds prohibiting attendance at professional conferences for the foreseeable future.


    Quick Poll Results: Week Three

    Quick Poll Results: Week Two

    • Summary (Posted 3/20/20)

      First, it should be noted that, due to the fluidity of the situation, respondents were informed that they could return to the survey and change their responses. Keep that in mind when thinking about differences between this week and next; we believe that allowing respondents to change their responses gives a more accurate snapshot of what is happening in real-time.

      Employers (n = 280)

      • Whereas last week about 56% of employers were implementing changes to the work place, this week that number is up to 73%.
        • Nearly 20% of companies are implementing all the changes we offered in our question compared to 7.4% last week.
        • Last week, nearly 20% of companies were urging or requiring employees to work from home; this week the number is up to about 37%.
      • In terms of altering plans for spring recruiting, last week 44% said they would recruit and attend career fairs as planned; this week, that figure is down to 26%.
        • Last week, only 3.2% of employers planned to eliminate all college recruiting for spring; now the number is up to 9.4%.
        • Last week, about 12% said they wouldn’t go on campus to recruit; this week, that figure is up to 21%.
      • Internships appear to be holding the strongest as companies are taking a wait-and-see approach in deciding how to handle their summer internships.
        • Last week 90.5% were moving ahead as planned. This week, that figure is down to 85%.
        • The 13% who indicated “Other” are mostly conveying that they are exploring virtual options and will decide what to do soon.
      • With respect to travel restrictions, all options indicate that companies are being more stringent than last week.

      Colleges (n = 780)

      • In terms of changes to the campus, last week 55% of colleges have or were going to cancel their study abroad programs; that figure has held steady at 55%, indicating that those who were going to cancel have already done so.
        • However, all the other responses indicate schools are taking a more stringent approach on their campus. Last week, 9% of schools indicated they were implementing “all of the above” changes; this week that figure is up to 25%. “None of the above” fell from 21% to 10%.
      • With respect to altering their spring recruiting plans, last week 68% were proceeding as planned; this week, that figure is down to 34%.
        • Last week, only 7% were cancelling on-campus career fairs; this week that number is up to 37% of colleges.
        • Last week, only 4% had decided not to invite employers to interview on-campus; this week, that number is up to 33%.
      • In terms of travel restrictions, last week about 39% of colleges had placed no limits on travel; this week, that figure is down to 20%.
        • Last week, 16.5% of colleges had eliminated all non-essential travel; this week that is up to 45%.

      We’ll update the results again next week. We hope this data helps and that you remain safe and healthy.



    • Employer Response

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    • Career Services Response

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    Quick Poll Results: Week One

    • Summary (Posted 3/12/20)

      Employers

      • About 56% of employers are implementing some changes to the work environment such as: urging employees to communicate electronically or work from home.
      • About 60% of employers are not changing their campus recruiting plans as of yet.
      • An overwhelming majority of 90% of employers are continuing their internship programs as planned.
      • Also about 90% of employers have instituted some form of travel restrictions.

      Colleges

      • Two-thirds of schools are canceling study abroad, and 36% will move or are considering moving all classes online.
      • About 60% of schools are limiting faculty or staff travel.
      • About 20% of schools are restricting faculty or staff from attending professional conferences; about 40% of those schools will not let faculty or staff attend conferences outside of the United States.


    • Employer Response

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    • Career Services Response

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