ERIC Number: ED475728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Great Expectations: How Californians View Higher Education. National Center Report.
In early 2003, Public Agenda surveyed 503 Californians statewide to determine their attitudes toward higher education. In addition, two focus groups were held in Santa Clara, California. Statewide surveys had also been conducted in 1993 and 1996. In many ways, the attitudes of Californians were similar to those of respondents to a national survey. Four major conclusions emerged: (1) Californians believe that higher education is vitally important for success in the contemporary world, with 85% agreeing that a college degree has become as important as a high school diploma used to be; (2) higher education is more than just a piece of paper, with 69% of respondents agreeing that the interpersonal skills learned in college are absolutely essential; (3) Californians believe that the main responsibility for success in higher education rests with the students, but they also expect institutions to help those who help themselves; and (4) Californians believe that paying for college is difficult but feasible, although 64% of Californians surveyed agreed that families are not doing a good job saving for college. Comparison of the survey findings with those from earlier surveys show that Californians see some improvement in access to higher education. In some ways, Californians differed from the national sample. Californians were more likely to regard underprepared students as a problem, and they were more likely to see community colleges as a solution to the problem of underprepared students. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adults, Attitudes, Educational Attainment, Higher Education, Paying for College, Public Opinion, Surveys
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 152 North Third Street, Suite 705, San Jose, CA 95112. Tel: 408-271-2697; Fax: 408-271-2697; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. For full text: http://www.highereducation.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: James G. Irvine Foundation, San Francisco, CA.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.; National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California