Nearly two-​​thirds of Amer­i­cans think the higher edu­ca­tion system is doing only a fair or poor job of preparing grad­u­ates for the work­force, according to a new poll.

So firmly does this belief appear to be held that 60 per­cent of those polled said employees with some work expe­ri­ence but no col­lege degrees are likely to per­form better at a job than col­lege grad­u­ates with no full-​​time work experience.

Nearly 90 per­cent of the public thinks the U.S. higher-​​education system needs to change for the nation to main­tain a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive work­force, a number that has been climbing steadily in each of the three years the survey has been conducted.

Joining a wave of sudden skep­ti­cism about widely acclaimed mas­sive open online courses, or MOOCs, only a little more than a quarter of respon­dents said they think MOOCs pro­vide the same quality of edu­ca­tion as in-​​person classes.

In the survey, con­ducted for North­eastern Uni­ver­sity by FTI Con­sulting, tra­di­tional liberal-​​arts edu­ca­tion also con­tinued to lose out to more prac­tical training, adding fuel to an ongoing debate about the very role of college.

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