America’s Call for Higher Education Redesign
A Resource from Lumina Foundation
Feb. 5, 2013
Organization(s): Lumina Foundation
According to new results released today from the annual Gallup/Lumina Foundation poll, Americans are ready for a renewal of our nation’s higher education system. They overwhelmingly believe that institutions should reduce tuition and fees and want to see a new system of credentials and credits that is defined by learning and competencies rather than time.
Snapshot of Findings
- Nearly all Americans (97%) say having a degree or certificate beyond high school is at least somewhat important to a person’s financial security.
- More than two-thirds (67%) say getting a good job is a very important reason for getting education beyond high school. Nearly as many, 65%, say earning more money is a very important reason to get education beyond high school.
- Of Americans who do not have a postsecondary degree or certificate, the majority agree or strongly agree that they would feel more secure in their job and their financial future if they did have one.
America's Call for Higher Education Redesign
- About four in 10 (41%) Americans without a postsecondary degree or certificate say they have thought about going back to school to earn one.