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Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study on Higher Education

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Social & Policy Issues

Black bachelor's degree students in the U.S. are more likely than all other bachelor's students to be caregivers or balance school with a full-time job.

Social & Policy Issues

About one in five Black postsecondary students say they "frequently" or "occasionally" feel discriminated against at their institutions. Reports of discrimination are higher among those in short-term credential programs.

Exploring perceptions around postsecondary education

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Employers believe that college graduates aren't developing the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace. Millennials agree.

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Though politically polarized, Americans find consensus on the need for the U.S. to invest in the talent of its workforce.

Ninety-six percent of Americans say it is "somewhat" or "very" important for adults in the country to have a degree or certificate beyond high school.

It doesn't matter who you ask -- the U.S. population, college freshmen, or parents of fifth- through 12th-graders -- they all say the same thing: the purpose of going to college is to get a good job. Getting a college degree is no longer enough.

I've plowed through a lot of survey and polling data on the subject of education, and the findings from a Gallup/Lumina Foundation poll of Americans released on Tuesday are among the most important I have seen.