Report: Shrinking share of adults thinks college is ‘important’

“Researchers and college administrators have been ringing alarm bells for several years following studies that show the public’s confidence in higher ed has fallen. One of the most startling examples of this rapidly declining trust came in July 2017, when the Pew Research Center published a poll showing that 58% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents viewed higher ed as having a negative influence on the country. About 72% of Democrats or Democrat-aligned respondents believed higher ed was a positive force in the U.S.”

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