higher education

5 public opinions about the state of higher education


National poll gauges public perception on the value of a degree and race-based admissions criteria

Most Americans support a racially and ethnically diverse student body on college campuses, but they overwhelmingly do not support using race as a factor in college admissions, according to a WGBH News national poll on perceptions of higher education.

The national poll looks at the impact colleges and universities have on society, perceptions of public and private universities, and the role of higher education in society and the value of a college education, among other issues.

Overall, more than 77 percent of those surveyed say they believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on society, and 81 percent believe colleges and universities have a positive impact on the local community.

While 76 percent have a favorable opinion of public higher education, only 59 percent shared that opinion when asked about private colleges and universities.

Laura Ascione