TIMEBy Josh Sanburn. The TIME/Carnegie survey shows the American public and senior administrators at colleges and universities are divided over how to fix higher education.
The American public and senior administrators at U.S. colleges and universities overwhelmingly agree that higher education is in crisis, according to a new poll, but they fundamentally disagree over how to fix it and even what the main purpose of higher education is.
According to a survey sponsored by TIME and the Carnegie Corporation of New York, 89% of U.S. adults and 96% of senior administrators at colleges and universities said higher education is in crisis, and nearly 4 in 10 in both groups considered the crisis to be “severe.”
But half of the college leaders (52%) said the state of higher education is moving in the right direction, while half of the general public (54%) said it’s on the wrong track. The two groups also disagree over the value of a college diploma and how to curb the increases in tuition costs and student-debt loads. More...