52% See Travel and Tutors Seen As Better Than Traditional College Education

Competition comes from many directions and often catches established institutions off-guard. A recent example of this phenomenon can be seen in the way Netflix has totally shaken up the movie and television industries.

It’s possible the same sort of disruptive challenge will soon be coming to the world of higher education. Rather than a traditional four-year college education, just over half of all voters (52%) believe a student would be better prepared for life if they took online courses guided by a tutor while traveling the world and doing internships (see question wording and crosstab results).

The new survey also shows that 66% believe colleges place too much emphasis on standardized tests.

The opportunity for a credible alternative to college comes at a time when there is public support for shaking up just about every aspect of the higher education experience. Seventy-eight (78%)  say it’s very important for America’s colleges and universities to teach students the skills needed to get a decent job. But only 20% say those schools are doing very well at achieving that goal.

That frustration comes at a time when many believe we place too much emphasis on book learning over street smarts.

The desire for change even extends to the athletic fields. Most (52%) voters believe big time college athletes should be paid, but the coaches should get less.

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The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted March 24-25, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology). It has a 3.1 percentage point Margin of Error with a 95% level of confidence.

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