NJ Residents Divided On Value Of College Degree

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. September 11, 2013

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The latest Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll finds New Jersey residents are divided on whether getting a college degree is worth the investment.

Poll director Krista Jenkins says 45 percent of New Jersey voters surveyed believe that the cost of a college degree is justified by the value society places on the accomplishment.  43 percent say it’s no longer worth the declining value of a degree.

“Right now we’re sort of looking at the beginning of the academic year, and I think a lot of people have very tough decisions to make about their personal finances and where they were going to devote their resources. It looks like from this poll that the decision to go to college was not easily made given the perceived value of it these days.”

Jenkins says college grads have a favorable view of the merits of having a degree.

 “Women are more likely to believe that a college education retains its value, and interestingly people without a college degree, either who have maybe some years of college under their belt or just a high school degree, these are the folks who are the most likely to believe that it is no longer worth it.”

Jenkins says about a third of voters blame the behavior of the people running the colleges for rising tuitions costs.

“People said things like overpaid or too many administrators. They talked about greed at the college level or college mismanagement.”

Residents aren’t critical of the costs of college sports.  67 percent of voters say those programs are beneficial for revenue and school pride.


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