Public Confidence in Higher Education is Waning

Public Confidence in Higher Education is Waning

View the Latest Findings from Public Agenda and The Kresge Foundation; Survey Fielded by SSRS

Excerpt from the Public Agenda Article:

“For many years, when we asked the public the question, “Do you think that a college education is necessary for a person to be successful in today’s work world,” an increasing percentage of Americans said yes. That trend has shifted since the Great Recession. Now, just 42 percent of Americans say college is necessary for workforce success, a 13 percent drop from 2009. Fifty-seven percent of Americans say there are many ways to succeed in today’s world without a college degree, a 14 percent increase from 2009.”

The project was funded by a grant to Public Agenda from The Kresge Foundation. The survey was fielded by SSRS. SSRS was responsible for data collection only. Public Agenda designed the survey instruments and analyzed the data.