ERIC Number: ED421921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Price of Admission: The Growing Importance of Higher Education. A National Survey of Americans' Views.
This report presents findings of a telephone survey of 700 Americans nationwide concerning their attitudes about the importance of a higher education. Closed-ended interviews with all respondents were supplemented by in-depth follow-up interviews with some of the respondents; responses from this survey were compared to those from a similar survey conducted in 1993. Five major findings emerged: (1) Americans believe that higher education is more important than it ever has been, both as a key to a middle-class lifestyle and as a resource for the local economy; (2) Americans believe that no qualified and motivated student should be denied an opportunity to attend college because of the cost; (3) while many Americans are still concerned about access to higher education, concerns about students being shut out of college have decreased significantly since 1993; (4) the public believes that what a student gets out of a higher education is what he/she puts into it; and (5) the public opposes policy proposals that limit access to higher education or raise the amount families have to pay, but has not come to a consensus on how society should pay for access. Each of these findings is discussed and the survey results are detailed. (DB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Demand, Educational Supply, Higher Education, Interviews, National Surveys, Paying for College, Public Opinion, Public Policy, Student Responsibility
National Center for Public Policy & Higher Education, 152 North Third St., Suite 705, San Jose, CA 95112; phone: 408-271-2699; fax: 408-271-2697; e-mail: email@example.com; http://www.highereducation.org
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.; Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.