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THE 2014 GALLUP-LUMINA FOUNDATION STUDY OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC’S OPINION ON HIGHER EDUCATION

Eight in 10 (80%) agree or strongly agree that colleges and universities need to change to better meet the needs of today’s students. Other findings…

Nearly all (96%) say it is somewhat or very important for adults in this country to have a degree or
professional certificate beyond high school.
A majority (94%) say it is somewhat or very important to increase the proportion of Americans with a
degree or professional certificate beyond high school.
Most (93%) say that it will be just as important or more important in the future to have a degree or
professional certificate beyond high school in order to get a good job.
More than three-fourths (78%) agree or strongly agree that a good job is essential to having a high
quality of life.
Fewer than one in five (19%) agree or strongly agree that they are confident that having only a high
school diploma can lead to a good job.
Seventy-nine percent of adults in the U.S. say they do not think education beyond high school is
affordable for everyone in this country who needs it.
Download report here.

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