How 2020 Changed the Way Americans View Higher Education


Attitudes on America’s colleges and universities have been changing for a long time. But everything we thought we knew before 2020 has changed dramatically, as COVID-19 upended our world and higher ed system this past year. Luckily, several organizations conducted public opinion research mid-pandemic to track students’ and voters’ perceptions of higher ed over the last year, and what shifting attitudes mean for the long-term sustainability of the sector.

Third Way’s Tamara Hiler was joined by Rachel Fishman of New America, Sarah Sattelmeyer of The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Katherine Wheatle of the Lumina Foundation to talk about what we learned and what that means for 2021 and beyond.

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