Weak current public support for universities just the beginning

From Richard K. Vedder at Independent Institute (originally, at Forbes):

Some 61% of those polled thought that America’s universities were “going in the wrong direction”—a very solid majority. While much has been made of differences between people of different political persuasions, on this critical question the similarities were more striking than the differences. Some 73% percent of Republicans or those leaning Republican felt higher education was going in the wrong direction, compared to “only” 52% of Democrats. Similarly, 73% of Republicans felt students are not getting the skills needed to succeed while in college, compared with “only” 56% of Democrats.

While Democrats were less negative about colleges than Republicans, a majority still showed major concerns. For example, Democrats were very strongly (92%) worried about what they perceive to be excessive tuition fees, a concern held by “only” 77% of Republicans. Republicans were more worried that colleges were too concerned about protecting students from hearing views that they might find offensive, but even 31% of Democrats had that fear as well. The survey found strong public support for free speech from people of differing political perspectives, thinking that maintaining the right of free expression was more important than sometimes restraining it when it was offensive to some in the campus community. More.

Reality check: A Harvard Business School prof warned in November 2017 that “Harvard Business School professor: Half of American colleges will be bankrupt in 10 to 15 years” But that’s probably a good thing. The kids going through schools where math class becomes a movement against “objects, truths, and knowledge” are not going to be suited to a university that should stay open. Remedial learning will be more what they need as young adults.

See also: Biology is real, if not popular: Lone scientist squares off with social justice warriors

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