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New Poll: Texas Residents Agree Higher Education Is Essential, Despite Financial Concerns


SUMMARY
A new statewide survey illustrates the value Texans place on post-secondary education, and their concerns about its rising costs. The survey data shows that while the majority of Texans view student loan debt and the increasing cost of a degree as major issues in higher education, they overwhelmingly agree that a college education is important for improving one’s quality of life and that an educated workforce is essential for Texas’ economic health.

KEY RESULTS
infographic Among Texans polled:

  • 93% view student loan debt as a problem in the United States.
  • 95% of those who view student loan debt as a problem say that having a college degree is important.
  • 72% of those without a college degree say cost is the leading obstacle to continuing their education.
  • 93% agree that for Texas to compete economically with other states, it is essential to have an educated workforce.
  • 81% view a post-secondary degree as essential for getting a good job.
  • 89% of degree-holders say that their college education was useful in preparing them for a job or career.

METHODOLOGY
The WGU Texas Higher Education Poll, developed and performed by Strategic Research Associates, was fielded September 6-16, 2016. The statewide telephone survey of 800 adult Texans had an overall margin of error of +/- 3.46 percent.

ABOUT WGU TEXAS
WGU Texas is a nonprofit university designed to expand access to higher education for Texas residents by offering affordable tuition, career-focused bachelor's and master's degrees, and flexible online degree programs. Established by the state of Texas through a partnership with nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas offers more than 50 accredited degree programs in high-demand career fields like business, information technology, K–12 education, and healthcare (including nursing).

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