Although a majority of Amer­i­cans believe a col­lege degree is the most impor­tant factor in career suc­cess, they’re increas­ingly skep­tical schools are doing a good enough job to pre­pare stu­dents, a new study con­ducted for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity found.

According to the study, 62% of the people sur­veyed rated col­leges’ efforts to pre­pare grad­u­ates for the economy as “poor” or “fair.” Half said the quality of prepa­ra­tion had declined over the last 10 to 15 years, and nearly as many said col­leges aren’t in tune with today’s job market.

Last year, a sim­ilar survey for the uni­ver­sity showed a slight majority rated the U.S. col­lege system as either “good” or “excellent.”

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