Great Expectations: How New Yorkers View Higher Education is part of a broader effort of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and Public Agenda to stimulate a public discussion about the role of colleges and universities in maintaining and enhancing the opportunities for all Americans to participate fully in our society. This state survey complements a larger survey administered to the entire nation and released in May, called Great Expectations: How the Public and Parents White, African American and Hispanic View Higher Education. These reports are available in full at www.highereducation.org, and supplemental information is available at www.publicagenda.org.
John Immerwahr, the author of both the national and New York reports, has done a masterful job of explaining the most significant trends in public attitudes about higher education, and of illuminating the key similarities between the views of residents of the State of New York and of Americans generally. His findings are based on a national sample of over 1,000 adults and a state sample of 500 New Yorkers.
We would like to thank the School of Education at New York University and Dean Ann Marcus for sponsoring this special survey of New YorkersŐ views. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the organizations whose financial support made the national report possible: The Ford Foundation, the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, and the National Center for Postsecondary Improvement.
Patrick M. Callan
National Center for Public Policy
and Higher Education