February 17th, 2010 | Uncategorized

Colleges care more about dollars than diplomas, Americans say

A new study suggests that most Americans believe colleges are more concerned with profit than delivering quality education, according to a story today in The New York Times.

The joint project by Public Agenda and the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, two non-profit and non-partisan research organizations, also revealed that the majority of those surveyed believed colleges could admit more students without compromising quality or raising costs.

And while more Americans believe that college is essential to success, fewer believe that college opportunities are available to qualified students compared to data collected a decade earlier.

“One of the really disturbing things about this, for those of us who work in higher education is the vote of no confidence we’re getting from the public. They think college is important, but they’re really losing trust in the management,” said Patrick Callan, president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, in his interview with The New York Times.