The decline of America’s trust in higher education

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression
by Bobby Ramkissoon

“Trust in American institutions has steadily declined over the past half-century. But few institutions have experienced such a precipitous decline in the last several years as higher education. According to a 2018 Gallup poll, only 48 percent of Americans expressed ‘a great deal’ or ‘quite a lot’ of confidence in higher education — down 9 percentage points since 2015 alone. This decline is often attributed to many factors. Rising tuition costs, for instance, have caused many students to begin questioning whether a four-year intellectual romp is worth a potential lifetime of student loan debt …. What’s more, the coronavirus pandemic posed enormous economic challenges to higher education, and many universities are still reeling from its effects — if not outright shuttering their gates. While affordability and COVID-19 are certainly important, ameliorating their impact would be tantamount to simply rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.” (08/04/22)