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Voters Support For and Perceptions of Higher Education in California . Dr. Stephen J. Stambough , Chair Division of Politics, Administration, & Justice. Presented to The California State University, Fullerton President’s Symposium:. Appraising the Future, Understanding Costs:

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Voters support for and perceptions of higher education in california

Voters Support For and Perceptions of Higher Education in California

Dr. Stephen J. Stambough, Chair

Division of Politics, Administration, & Justice


Presented to the california state university fullerton president s symposium

Presented toThe California State University, Fullerton President’s Symposium:

Appraising the Future, Understanding Costs:

Envisioning the New Normal in Higher Education

Fullerton, California

February 22, 2012


Overview

Overview

At the Keynote Address of a Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. the APSA President referenced and interpreted President Obama’s recent comments about Higher Education as being similar to a public utility.

For the sake of the economy and democracy, it is important for people to get degrees.


Economics and democracy

Economics and Democracy

  • This combination is seen in two of the President’s priorities

    • Increase the number of college graduates with skills that match the economic needs of our new economy at the Associate, Bachelors, and graduate levels.

    • Reinforce the need for a commitment to Civic Engagement as outlined in the recently released report, “A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy’s Future”.


Voters support for and perceptions of higher education in california

Exploring Higher Education in CA at the intersection of economics and democracy is the focus of this talk in two ways.

  • What is the role of Higher Education in creating the next generation of workers to promote economic growth in CA?

  • What is the role of Higher Education in creating the next generation of citizens to improve the economic and non-economic quality of life in CA?


Voters support for and perceptions of higher education in california

  • Purpose is to understand the overall political climate facing Higher Education in California by focusing on citizens opinions about its importance and role in our society.

  • Findings are based on publicly available data produced by the Public Policy Institute of California (www.ppic.org)

  • Conclusions and opinions presented are mine and do not represent the PPIC


Surveys

Surveys

  • Findings are based on two surveys. The first is from November 2010 and the second is November 2011.

  • More detailed analysis of the 2010 data can be performed due to availability of its raw data.

  • Analysis of 2011 data is limited due to current partial release of data.


Voters support for and perceptions of higher education in california

Questions

  • Most fundamental question is the perception of the institutions of Higher Education.

  • All three systems are rated highly with roughly 60-70% rated each of them as good or excellent and approximately 20-30% rating them as not so good or poor.


Comparison of three systems in ca

Comparison of Three Systems in CA


Importance of college by parental status

Importance of College by Parental Status


Job training and better life

Job Training and Better Life

  • Simple perceptions are fine but do not necessarily tell us very much.

  • One issue is about the importance of a college education for success and the purpose of college education.

  • First question is the importance of a college education for success by gender and educational status.


Importance of higher education in being successful

Importance of Higher Education in Being Successful

  • “Do you think a college education is important for a person to be successful?”

  • Yes:62.1%

  • No:37.8%

  • Separate by Gender due to changing demographics of student body, educational degree to see how it is perceived by those who have it and those who don’t, and ideology due to political importance of coalitions.


Importance of higher education in being successful by sex

Importance of Higher Education in Being Successful by sex


Importance of higher education in being successful education level 2010

Importance of Higher Education in Being Successful Education Level 2010


Importance of education by ideology 2010

Importance of Education by Ideology 2010


2011 results

2011 Results

  • Multivariate analysis of data suggests that these relationships hold even when controlling for the effects of the other and additional factors such as income and parental status.

  • 2011 results are similar for the difference between men and women.

  • 2011 results for ideology showed a decline in the belief college was important for success among liberals and moderates.

  • 2011 results for educational level showed an increase in the belief it was important among college graduates.

  • No multivariate analysis is available yet.


Purpose for education

Purpose for education

  • Final question concerns the purpose of higher education.

  • 2011 data include a question about the whether the purpose of college was personal/intellectual growth or skills/knowledge for workplace.

  • The option to say both was not given as an option but was volunteered by a sizable portion of the population.

  • Core of Exploring Higher Education in CA at the intersection of economics and democracy.


Purpose for education1

Purpose for Education


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