ERIC Number: ED311988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Attitudes about American Colleges.
Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.
In July 1989, a national telephone survey was conducted by the Gallup Organization to assess the attitudes and perceptions of a nationally representative sample of adults about American colleges. A total of 1,253 telephone interviews were conducted. Study findings included the following: (1) 38% of the respondents gave higher education a grade of "B," 35% gave it a "C," 6% thought it deserved an "A," and 10% gave a "D" or "F" grade; (2) 55% of the respondents gave the colleges an "A" or "B" for conducting scientific research, and 49% gave "A" or "B" grades for providing equal opportunity to succeed; (3) 39% of the respondents believed that what a person gets out of college over a lifetime is worth more than what he or she pays for attending college, but 22% felt that a college education today is not worth the cost of attendance; (4) 45% believed that all people, regardless of race, have equal access to a college education, but nearly an equal percentage believed that a person's race makes it harder for that person to gain access to a college education; and (5) women were more likely than men to feel that working with parents and community groups, increased counseling, more minority scholarships, and hiring more minority faculty were extremely important ways in which colleges can improve access to all high school graduates. The survey instrument and a news release summarizing findings are attached.) (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council for Advancement and Support of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Gallup Organization, Inc., Princeton, NJ.