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PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and Higher Education
Mark Baldassare, Dean Bonner, Jennifer Paluch, and Sonja Petek

October 2007

Some findings of the current survey:

  • An overwhelming share of residents (84%) say affording college is at least somewhat of a problem for students today – and 53 percent call it “a big problem.”
  • Latinos are the most likely (79%) to say a college education is necessary for success in the workplace. Only 55 percent of whites say the same.
  • A strong majority of Californians (65%) say that many residents who are qualified don’t have the opportunity to attend college.
  • Over half (56%) of Californians think that getting a college education is more difficult than it was 10 years ago.
  • A whopping 92 percent of Californians who have attended college think that getting a higher education was money and time well spent.

This is the 81st PPIC Statewide Survey and the first on the topic of higher education in California. It is supported by funding from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.