A recent survey reveals that almost half the U.S. adult population does not consider college education to be “very important.” Only 51% of the demographic believes that receiving a college degree is necessary. Whereas in 2013 the number was close to 70%. What’s interesting is that along with a decline in positive perception of college education there has been an increase in the number of people who consider college education to be “not so important.”
Women and minorities are the groups that have stayed consistent in their belief that college education is very important. It seems that groups who feel they have been underrepresented in universities support the significance of university education.
In the past two decades college tuition has increased at twice the rate of inflation.
Another discovery made in the survey points to a lack of interest in higher education with adults inclined towards Republican vision. Unlike, their Republican counterparts the ones with Democratic beliefs feel that higher education is highly important for a an individual’s personal and academic growth
The declining belief in the role played by college education in a person’s life, however, has been attributed to concerns over affordability and access to higher education. In the past two decades college tuition has increased at twice the rate of inflation. This has made attaining a college degree rather difficult for young students. The students continue to make things worse for those who decide to attend colleges and universities. Students are faced with more than one hurdle in their road to higher education which often makes the question the worth of investing in a degree altogether.