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Back-to-School Poll: Half of You Feel Sorry for the Class of 2016


In honor of back-to-school season, this month’s KRC PulsePoll takes a look at the state of higher education. The survey finds that while Americans are proud of their universities, for those institutions that want to stay relevant there’s room for improvement.

  • Americans think the United States is best when it comes to attending college. Fifty-nine percent of respondents say the U.S. is the best place to attend college in the world.
  • But Americans recognize the job forecast is grim for new grads. Forty-four percent of respondents feel sorry for the class of 2016 because it’s not a good time to find a job.
  • Colleges that understand post-grad career concerns will be most desirable. Seventy-five percent of respondents say the most sought after universities will be best at placing students in jobs after graduation.
  • Seventy-eight percent of respondents say that colleges need good programs in technology, science, and engineering in order to stay relevant.

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