Seventy-eight (78%) of Americans say it’s very important for America’s colleges and universities to teach students the skills needed to get a decent job. But a new ScottRasmussen.com national survey found that only 20% say those schools are doing very well at achieving that goal.
Nearly as important to voters was the idea that colleges should prepare to function as adults in society. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Americans say that is a very important objective, but only 16% say colleges and universities are achieving that goal very well.
Sixty-seven percent (67%) believe teaching students personal finance and similar skills is very important. But again, Americans are not very impressed with how well those goals are being achieved with only 16% saying our colleges and universities are doing that job very well.
Forty-eight percent (48%) believe it is very important for colleges to offering a sense of US history and culture . Only 16% believe they do it Very Well.
Forty-five percent (45%) believe encouraging students to participate in civic and community activities is Very Important; 18% say the schools do it Very Well.
The least important objective according to voters is preparing students for postgraduate/advanced degrees. Only 37% of Americans say that goal is very important. Only 23% of voters say they’re doing that job very well. It is interesting to note that voters consider the least important goal but the one that schools are best at accomplishing.
Most of the overall attitudes were consistent across all demographic groups. But younger voters tended to give colleges and universities slightly higher marks when it comes to achieving most of the objectives. College graduates weren’t notably more impressed than others. (See crosstab results on how important questions and how well questions).
Data released earlier showed similar objectives and concerns when it comes to high schools in the U.S.
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The national survey of 1,004 Registered Voters was conducted January 30-31, 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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