The Closing Gateway: Californians Consider Their Higher Education System.

A study was done of Californians' attitudes toward public higher education and its future in comparison to attitudes across the nation. The study conducted eight focus groups in California and used those findings to generate hypotheses tested through two telephone surveys. A California survey was conducted with 832 residents 18 years of age or older. A national survey was conducted with 502 residents of the continental United States 18 years old or over. The survey found that Californians view a college degree as key to employment and economic security and yet difficult to attain. The study also found that Californians: (1) are likely to think that educational opportunity is currently available but they are pessimistic about the future of higher education; (2) blame state government for higher education's troubles; (3) want a system that provides opportunity to every qualified person, and value personal responsibility and reciprocity as 68 percent think that unless students have some personal responsibility for paying the cost they will not appreciate its value; (4) are opposed to ideas that would restrict opportunity (cutting enrollments or raising fees) for education but are more likely to consider changes in how education is delivered, and (5) overwhelmingly support providing students with an opportunity to work for their financial aid. Contains appendixes on national attitudes and study methodology.

Main Author: Immerwahr, John.
Other Authors: Farkas, Steve.
Format: Villanova Faculty Authorship
Language: English
Published: 1993
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