The Impact of COVID-19 on Kansas City’s Adult Learners

This study examines how Kansas City’s postsecondary institutions and their adult learners are responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

The COVID-19 Crisis has created unprecedented challenges to serving learners of all kinds, especially at-risk and adult learners. This study examines the crisis from the perspectives of institutional leaders and adult learners, gauging their priorities, actions, and mindset during this difficult time. The partners for this study include Kansas City Scholars, The DeBruce Foundation, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

For the study, UERC and CAEL are conducting focus groups with faculty, administrators and adult learners from KC Scholars’ network of 17 postsecondary institutions. Findings, anticipated for release in October 2020, will be used to better understand the impact of the crisis and to create strategies to address the needs of adult learners in Kansas City.