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Introduction
 
1. Stability in Values
 
2. Growing Concerns
about Access
 
3. Attitudes about Social Class and Access
 
4. Older People Seeking Retraining
 
5. The Responsibility of Students
 
6. Necessary for Success
 
7. Holding the Line on Price Increases
 
Conclusion: Growing Importance of Higher Education
 
Appendix
 
About the Author
 
About Public Agenda
 
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  Appendix

Public Attitudes on Higher Education: A Trend Analysis, 1993 to 2003 is the fourth in a series of public opinion studies on the topic of higher education conducted over the past decade by Public Agenda for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Each of these studies was based on telephone surveys conducted with national random samples of adults. Nationwide samples were selected through a standard, random-digit-dialing technology whereby every household in the 48 contiguous states had an equal chance of being contacted.

  • The 2003 survey was conducted October 17 to 26, 2003, with a national random sample of 801 adults ages 18 or older. The data were weighted by urbanicity. The margin of error is plus or minus three percentage points.

  • Great Expectations: How the Public and Parents-White, African American, and Hispanic-View Higher Education (prepared by Public Agenda for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 2000) was conducted December 2 to 14, 1999, with a national random sample of 1,015 adults ages 18 or older, and also includes 202 African American, 202 Hispanic, and 201 white parents of high school students. The margin of error for the national sample of 1,015 is plus or minus three percentage points; for the samples of 200 it is plus or minus seven percentage points.

  • The Price of Admission: The Growing Importance of Higher Education (prepared by Public Agenda for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 1998) was conducted February 2 to 8, 1998, with a national random sample of 700 adults ages 18 or over. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

  • The Closing Gateway (prepared by Public Agenda for the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, 1993) was conducted August 1 to 9, 1993, with a national random sample of 502 adults ages 18 or over. The margin of error is plus or minus four percentage points.

This appendix includes data for survey questions asked in the four above-mentioned reports. Responses may not total 100% due to rounding. Combining answer categories may produce slight discrepancies between the numbers in these survey results and the numbers in the reports.

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