The majority of Americans think that college is not worth it.57% of the general public thinks the U.S. higher education system fails when it comes to providing students with good value for their money, according to a new Pew Research centre study.
The report is based on a telephone survey of 2,142 American adults ages 18 and over, and an online survey of 1,055 college presidents.
However, adults who did not earn a bachelor’s degree feel as though they would be making $20,000 more per year if they had gone to college. This estimate matches the Census report’s annual earning gap between a high school and a college graduate of $19,550.
And, 94% of parents surveyed expect their kids to go to college, college enrollments have reached record levels, and the majority of college graduates said their education helped them grow intellectually.
More than half of college presidents think public high schools are not doing a good job preparing students
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