ERIC Number: ED482223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003
Leaks in the Postsecondary Pipeline: A Survey of Americans.
Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; Lake Snell Perry & Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.
A survey was conducted to explore public knowledge about the U.S. educational system and postsecondary degree completion in particular. The survey studied public knowledge of and perceptions about the challenges facing high school students, including low-income and minority groups, trying to move on to college and succeed once they are there. The study also gauged public opinion about various policy options to improve the system so that more students move successfully from high school and on to and through college. The national survey, which was conducted in fall 2003, included 1,010 U.S. citizens aged 18 and older, with oversampling of African Americans and Hispanics. Most respondents believed that high schools need improvement, and almost half believe major changes are needed. More than half of those surveyed believed that the secondary and postsecondary systems do not work well together, and that better coordination is needed to help students move successfully from high school into and through college. Most Americans realize how few students who begin high school will eventually complete college. There is near universal agreement that the large numbers of students who do not earn college degrees is a problem for the United States. Americans believe that cost is the primary impediment for students, especially lower income students, in pursuit of a degree. Majorities believe increasing financial aid would help more students complete their degrees, but a majority agrees that cost is not the only obstacle. They want to see high schools do a better job and to see better teachers in the schools. Americans are divided about the best way to increase the number of minority students who go to college succeed once they are there. Americans also disagree about who should be responsible for fixing the problems of the education system, with variations by race, ethnicity, educational attainment, and political party. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jobs for the Future, Boston, MA.; Lake Snell Perry & Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.