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Utah Higher Ed Public Opinion Survey

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Dave Buhler's presentation on a recent survey of public opinion regarding higher ed in Utah.

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  • 1. Report to the State Board of Regentson Utah Public Opinion SurveyOctober 14, 2009
    Research Conducted by Dan Jones & Associates
    For the Utah System of Higher Education
    1
  • 2. Survey of 675 adult Utahns statewide by Dan Jones & Associates.
    Conducted July 2009 for the Commissioner of Higher Education.
    “Oversampling” of Hispanic Population.
    Margin of error +/- 4.0%
    2
  • 3. 3
    State Issues
  • 4. Most Important Issue for the State of Utah: The Economy
    4
  • 5. Highest Priorities for Governor Herbert
    5
  • 6. Budget Choices
    6
    Education
    92%
    Education
    82%
    Prisons
    6%
    Roads
    8%
  • 7. Budget Choices
    7
    Roads
    Healthcare
    Education
    Healthcare
    Roads
    Prisons
  • 8. 8
    Higher Education
  • 9. Is College Important?
    99% of respondents feel a college education is important.
    Why?
    80%: Career & economic opportunities
    17%: Societal benefits, “well-rounded”, helps in understanding the world
    9
  • 10. Is a college education more important or less important than it was 10 years ago?
    10
  • 11. Is higher education accessible to all Utahns?
    11
  • 12. “Grade” Higher Education
    80% give colleges an “A” or “B”
    81% in 2006
    12
  • 13. Should assisting economic development be a part of the mission of a state college or university?
    13
  • 14. Financial Aid & Student Loans
    80% of respondents favor “increasing the availability of state-funded student financial aid for needy students”
    How much debt is reasonable?
    14
  • 15. Strategies to Handle Growth in Higher Education
    15
  • 16. New Taxes to Expand College Access?
    16
    *Salt Lake and Utah Counties favor by small majority (51%)
  • 17. Preparation for College
    17
  • 18. Should Utah high schools require students to take more science and math classes?
    18
  • 19. Different standards to prepare for college than for the job-market?
    19
  • 20. What is the minimum level of education a female/male should complete?
    20
  • 21. College expectation gapMen vs. Women
    21
    “What is the minimum level of education a female/male should complete?”
    (4-year degree+, male minus female)
  • 22. Saving for child’s college education?
    Parents & Grandparents
    Parents Only
    22
  • 23. Aware of UESP?
    23
  • 24. Qualitative Findings
    Focus Groups:
    Three focus groups were conducted:
    2 with parents who themselves have attended or graduated from college and 1 with grandparents
    Main findings:
    By default, scholarships have become many parents’ college savings plans for their children
    Tax incentives the most attractive feature of 529 plans
    Pivotal points in a family’s life when they might start saving for college:
    Newborn
    5 year-old beginning Kindergarten
    Junior high – grades start to matter
    When other financial obligations of the family free up
    -Qualitative Research Analysis of UESP, Dan Jones & Associates
    June 2009
    24
  • 25. Approaches to handling K-12 growth
    25
  • 26. Conclusions—Utahns Believe:
    Economy, creating jobs is top state priority.
    Higher Education is linked to economic success.
    Both men & women should attend college, “expectation gap” has narrowed.
    Higher education is accessible (except Hispanic Utahns don’t agree).
    Support significant priority for funding education over other state needs.
    26
  • 27. Report to the State Board of Regentson Utah Public Opinion SurveyOctober 14, 2009
    Research Conducted by Dan Jones & Associates
    For the Utah System of Higher Education
    27
  • 28. Survey of 675 adult Utahns statewide by Dan Jones & Associates.
    Conducted July 2009 for the Commissioner of Higher Education.
    “Oversampling” of Hispanic Population.
    Margin of error +/- 4.0%
    28
  • 29. 29
    State Issues
  • 30. Most Important Issue for the State of Utah: The Economy
    30
  • 31. Highest Priorities for Governor Herbert
    31
  • 32. Budget Choices
    32
    Education
    92%
    Education
    82%
    Prisons
    6%
    Roads
    8%
  • 33. Budget Choices
    33
    Roads
    Healthcare
    Education
    Healthcare
    Roads
    Prisons
  • 34. 34
    Higher Education
  • 35. Is College Important?
    99% of respondents feel a college education is important.
    Why?
    80%: Career & economic opportunities
    17%: Societal benefits, “well-rounded”, helps in understanding the world
    35
  • 36. Is a college education more important or less important than it was 10 years ago?
    36
  • 37. Is higher education accessible to all Utahns?
    37
  • 38. “Grade” Higher Education
    80% give colleges an “A” or “B”
    81% in 2006
    38
  • 39. Should assisting economic development be a part of the mission of a state college or university?
    39
  • 40. Financial Aid & Student Loans
    80% of respondents favor “increasing the availability of state-funded student financial aid for needy students”
    How much debt is reasonable?
    40
  • 41. Strategies to Handle Growth in Higher Education
    41
  • 42. New Taxes to Expand College Access?
    42
    *Salt Lake and Utah Counties favor by small majority (51%)
  • 43. Preparation for College
    43
  • 44. Should Utah high schools require students to take more science and math classes?
    44
  • 45. Different standards to prepare for college than for the job-market?
    45
  • 46. What is the minimum level of education a female/male should complete?
    46
  • 47. College expectation gapMen vs. Women
    47
    “What is the minimum level of education a female/male should complete?”
    (4-year degree+, male minus female)
  • 48. Saving for child’s college education?
    Parents & Grandparents
    Parents Only
    48
  • 49. Aware of UESP?
    49
  • 50. Qualitative Findings
    Focus Groups:
    Three focus groups were conducted:
    2 with parents who themselves have attended or graduated from college and 1 with grandparents
    Main findings:
    By default, scholarships have become many parents’ college savings plans for their children
    Tax incentives the most attractive feature of 529 plans
    Pivotal points in a family’s life when they might start saving for college:
    Newborn
    5 year-old beginning Kindergarten
    Junior high – grades start to matter
    When other financial obligations of the family free up
    -Qualitative Research Analysis of UESP, Dan Jones & Associates
    June 2009
    50
  • 51. Approaches to handling K-12 growth
    51
  • 52. Conclusions—Utahns Believe:
    Economy, creating jobs is top state priority.
    Higher Education is linked to economic success.
    Both men & women should attend college, “expectation gap” has narrowed.
    Higher education is accessible (except Hispanic Utahns don’t agree).
    Support significant priority for funding education over other state needs.
    52