New survey: Americans want more higher ed accountability (subscription)

By: | May 25, 2021

A recent national survey of how Americans feel about numerous aspects of higher education shows they want more institutional accountability, and – on measure after measure – they view private, for-profit colleges more negatively than institutions from the other higher education sectors.

The results come from the just-released Varying Degrees 2021, the fifth nationally representative higher education survey conducted by New America’s, the D.C.-based think tank. This year’s survey was administered to 2,620 Americans ages 18 and older to understand their opinions about higher education’s value, how it’s funded, and how it should be held accountable. It also evaluated how Americans viewed higher ed’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, its pandemic-driven pivot to online education. and several elements of President Biden’s higher education policy agenda.

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