ERIC Number: ED327233
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: N/A
Opinions of Michigan Citizens about Post-Secondary Education: A Public Opinion Survey of a Cross-Section of 802 Adults Interviewed by Telephone, May 13-15, 1984.
Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
In May 1984, a survey was conducted of a random sample of 802 adult citizens in Michigan to determine the public's opinion about postsecondary education in the state. Specifically, the survey sought collected information on the importance of a college education, reasons for attending college, schools best suited for a particular type of training or education, opinions about state financing of higher education, and quality of the instruction at public colleges and universities. Study findings included the following: (1) 74% of respondents believed a college education was "very important"; (2) if Michigan adults were to go back to school, the main reasons would be for personal improvement/enrichment or to take classes for job improvement, and 76% would attend on a part-time basis; (3) trade schools and community colleges were deemed the best suited to provide adults with job training/retraining; (4) 29% of respondents believed that the state's public four-year colleges and universities should get their income from state aid, 25% favored federal grants, while 24% believed tuition should be the source of funding; (5) 73% of respondents felt that financial aid for college students should be based on both need and ability; (6) just over half of those polled agreed that four-year institutions should raise admission requirements; (7) 71% of respondents felt that Michigan's public colleges and universities adequately met the educational needs of minorities, the disabled, and women; and (8) 68% of respondents felt their nearest community college was good or excellent. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Board of Education, Lansing. Project Outreach.
Note: One of a series of public opinion surveys conducted by Project Outreach. For related documents, see JC 910 047-051, ED 239 766, and ED 260 080.