Public Agenda

Public Attitudes on Higher Education

A Trend Analysis, 1993 to 2003


This analysis finds that parents of high school students are increasingly worried about access to college. African Americans and Hispanics are especially concerned about access. Among African Americans, there is a substantial increase in the number who say college education is a necessity. At the broadest level, however, attitudes about higher education have changed little, with the vast majority of Americans believing that a college education is more important than in the past and that we should not allow the price of higher education to keep qualified students out.

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