Varying Degrees 2022
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New America’s sixth annual survey on higher education entails interviews with 1,517 Americans ages 18 and older to better understand their perceptions on education after high school.

The report provides important trend data to judge how attitudes about the value of education after high school, how it is funded, and how it should be held accountable have changed over the past six years, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the report’s findings: Americans continue to believe in the value of pursuing educational opportunities after high school. While almost two-thirds of respondents to this year’s survey attest that well-paying, stable jobs can be obtained with only a high school diploma or GED, the majority agree that it is easier to find consistent employment with additional degrees or postsecondary technical certifications.