Americans’ Views of Higher Education as a Public and Private Good

Drezner, Noah D.; Pizmony-Levy, Oren; Pallas, Aaron M.

Citizen preferences play a key role in a democracy, and there is a substantial body of work that tries to understand the role that public preferences play in the policy process. Despite the important role public opinion plays, there are only limited efforts to document public opinion about education, psychology, and health. The Public Mind project seeks to address this gap by providing reliable, valid public opinion data to inform public debate. The Project includes a series of public opinion surveys on a variety of issues related to governance, policies, and practice that have the potential to affect human development.

This research brief extends our understanding of public views of American higher education. Since their inception, American universities and colleges have been charged both with enabling talented individuals to advance through higher education and with enhancing the quality of American life through scientific discoveries and the invigoration of the American economy. To what extent do Americans believe these promises have been met?


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Academic Units
Organization and Leadership
International and Comparative Education
Sociology and Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
The Public Matters: How Americans View Education, Psychology and Health
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September 19, 2018