|Survey: Parents Place far Higher Value on College Education Today than in 2005|
November 04, 2010, 10:26 AM/Business Review West Michigan
By Mark Sanchez |
In a statewide survey of 500 households, 76 percent of respondents agreed that "everybody should get a college education." That compares with just 54 percent when the survey was first conducted in 2005.
Thirty-seven percent of responding parents said a college education is “essential” for getting ahead, versus 27 percent in 2005, and 52 percent says it’s “very important.”
And the number of parents who agreed that “people who have a college education are usually better off than people who don't” increased to 78 percent in 2010 from 63 percent in 2005.
“The message that we now live in a knowledge economy and getting a college degree is vital to getting ahead is gaining traction here in Michigan,” said Michael Boulus, executive director of the Presidents Council State Universities of Michigan that represents the 15 public universities in Michigan.
"Our state is in the bottom third of the nation in college attainment. Research shows the path to prosperity for an individual and a state goes through college. High income states in our nation have a high percentage of people living in them with a college degree,” Boulus said.
The survey was conducted by Mitchell Research between mid-September and mid-October on behalf of a number of parties, including The Detroit News.
Citing past state cuts for high education, Boulus said the survey results send a “loud and clear” message to Gov.-elect Rick Snyder and the incoming Legislature that higher education “is a vital and growing priority to families and to our state's future."
“Now is not the time to cut higher education further,” he said.