Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

 Email  Share  Print

Up Front Winter 2014



​Fading from the American Dream

A new poll reveals that only 52 percent of Americans today view attending a higher education institution as an important part of achieving the “American dream,” compared with 68 percent in 1986. A majority of respondents, reported The Washington Post, stated that colleges and universities aren’t preparing students well enough to succeed in today’s world, and more than three-quarters said that it has become harder to afford higher education.


Twenty-two states—soon to be joined by at least seven more—now partially tie community college funding to their students’ performance, according to a report by the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa Education Policy Center. The same research found no compelling evidence that making state money contingent on outcomes has a significant effect on student performance.


Students today are increasingly bypassing email as a means of communication, seeing the technology as slow and irrelevant, and instead preferring texting and social media. As reported by The New York Times, the reduction in student email use—down to as few as six minutes a day—has made it harder for professors to communicate with students outside of class.

Presidents and Professors Actually Agree

A recent study by The Chronicle of Higher Education found that college and university faculty and presidents were in agreement about many of the larger issues affecting higher education, such as the pace of change, massive open online courses (MOOCs), and other topics. Approximately 1,200 faculty members at four-year colleges and universities and nearly 80 presidents of four-year institutions were surveyed. Of those, 65 percent of professors and 60 percent of presidents believe that MOOCs will negatively impact higher education.




 Table of Contents