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ERIC Number: ED502686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Is College Opportunity Slipping Away? Parents and the Public Voice Concerns about Higher Education Access and Affordability. Policy Alert
National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
"Policy Alert" is a publication series that summarizes important policy findings affecting the future of higher education. This issue is based on an earlier study, "Squeeze Play: How Parents and the Public Look at Higher Education Today," from the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and Public Agenda. This "Policy Alert" summarizes the findings of the study, which explores how the American public views higher education today. This report revealed a considerable unease among the public regarding their perceptions about higher education because, while ever larger numbers see a college education as an absolute necessity for success, many believe that opportunity for higher education is slipping out of reach for a growing number of individuals. Over half of people surveyed think colleges are like a business, focusing more on the bottom line than on education. Nearly half say they want to overhaul public colleges. Nevertheless, these concerns remain in the background, and tend not to be seen as a top priority. Numerous factors have prevented the public from going into a panic about higher education availability, but people are increasingly nervous. Higher education leaders might be well advised to get out in front of this issue before the situation comes to a head. (Contains 20 figures.) [This "Policy Alert" is the most recent in a series of reports entitled, the National Center and Public Agenda Public Opinion Research Series, commissioned by the National Center and conducted by Public Agenda.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
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