American higher education stands at a critical crossroads. Northeastern University recently sponsored a national survey to shed new light on Americans’ attitudes toward the future of higher education in the United States. The survey provides insights on Americans’ views regarding the value, benefits and obstacles associated with college today, as well as the need for innovation to maintain the nation’s global leadership in higher education.
The nationally representative survey was conducted October 13-18, 2012 among American adults (N= 1,001) via landline and cell phone. An additional oversample of American young adults (N=250) ages 18-30 was surveyed via the Internet on October 16-19, 2012.