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Public Perception of U.S. Education

What Americans think about the education system from kindergarten through higher education

On August 18, 2011, Gallup hosted an event to explore the American public's perceptions of the U.S. education system. This event presented findings from two national research initiatives led by Lumina Foundation and PDK International.

PDK International, the nation's premiere education association, and Gallup shared the results from their annual survey, which measures public attitudes and opinions about America's public schools. Former Governor Bob Wise (D, WV) and Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Open Education Solutions, addressed the findings on digital learning and its implications for the future of education.

Lumina Foundation presented top level findings from its Gallup study on public perceptions of higher education in the U.S. These data addressed the value of higher education compared to its cost. The event also examined the expectations Americans place on colleges and universities and how well they believe those institutions are meeting those expectations.

Policy-makers, business leaders, educators, non-profit and community-based organizations, and those seeking to develop informed strategies to ensure that the country's youth are ready for college, work, and life in the 21st century attended this free event.

The following speakers and panelists joined Gallup Senior Scientist in Residence, Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D. and Michael J. Feuer, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University.

Shane J. Lopez, Ph.D.
Senior Scientist In Residence
Michael J. Feuer, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Human Development
George Washington University
The Hon. Bob Wise
Former Governor
West Virginia (D)
Tom Vander Ark
Getting Smart
Open Education Solutions
Jamie Merisotis
Lumina Foundation
William J. Bushaw, Ph.D.
Executive Director
PDK International
Anthony P. Carnevale
Director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

The Public Perception of U.S. Education event took place on Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at George Washington University's Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, D.C.


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