Majority Of Republicans See Higher Education As A Negative Influence

By Kristy Rice Aug 14, 2017

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Inside Higher Ed, a website that reported on the survey's findings, attributes the shift in Republican's attitudes to "[free speech, liberal orthodoxy, and political correctness in higher education]."
There are also bogus right-leaning news agencies (that could be called fake news) purporting fictitious stories, like the one that made media rounds claiming that students at a Californian university were cutting off their genitals in protest of Trump's Mexico border wall.
And while younger Republicans tend to have a more positive view of higher education, those under 50 that see college as beneficial have seen a statistical drop of 21 percent since 2015.
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Alison Kadlec, the senior vice president and director of higher education and work force engagement for Public Agenda, sees these findings as a call to action and a chance to explore conservatives' lack of confidence in higher education.
“Is the precipitous drop in conservative regard for postsecondary education reflecting a decline in confidence in higher education attainment as a sure path to socioeconomic mobility, or is this more about perceptions of ‘liberal bias’ in higher education among conservatives?” she said via email. “Are these attitudes more an expression of backlash against rising cost of college and student debt load, and the accompanying belief that colleges are businesses that care more about their bottom line than students (as we’ve found in our research), or is this about the rise of an emboldened anti-intellectualism in the wake of the last presidential election?”
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Source: Insidehighered
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