Gallup-Lumina Foundation Study on Higher Education
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Americans Value Postsecondary Education
Employers believe that college graduates aren't developing the skills needed for the 21st-century workplace. Millennials agree.
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.
Conventional wisdom says a degree is necessary for a good job. But unless managers take action, it won't help engagement.
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.