AZ Snapshot: Higher Education

Posted on August 3, 2016 • Category: Education


U.S. adults who believe people in other countries have a “very positive”
opinion about U.S. colleges and universities. There is no close second place.

Americans See Higher Education as Strongest U.S. Brand Abroad

Gallup Analytics, May 10, 2016

Over the last decade, public investment in higher education – at both federal and state levels – has decreased significantly despite small gains last year. The result is higher tuition costs at public universities and a significant increase in student debt.


  • According to Gallup, total U.S. student loan debt has tripled to $1.2 trillion since 2003, and is now the 2nd largest category of borrowing after mortgages.
  • Another recent Gallup report found that 97% of U.S. adults say it is “important to have a certificate or degree” beyond high school. And those who do not have a certificate or degree say they would feel more secure in their job (58%) and in their financial future (64%) if they did.
  • Global demand for U.S. higher education continues to grow, confirming the opinion of Americans that U.S. higher education is important here and abroad.
  • Demand for a U.S. higher education also indicates a broad range of opportunities to expand the influence and impact of U.S. higher education in a global market that needs help with environmental, economic and human development goals.

The Gallup Arizona Poll asked people to rate the state on 14 quality of life factors, including the quality of Arizona’s college and universities, and the quality of its public schools.


Quality of Colleges and Universities - High



Quality of Public Schools - High



To review the 14 quality of life factors, visit:
The Arizona We Want (page 17)

Center for the Future of Arizona, October 2009



2015: Are you satisfied with the educational opportunities available to you? - Yes




The Center is committed to advancing the goals of Arizona citizens and a key part of achieving their goals is recognizing and celebrating the success stories that characterize the state.

This week AZ Spotlight highlights three exciting stories about the state’s public universities.

$43 million NIH grant puts University of Arizona at research forefront.  
Arizona Daily Star, July 6, 2016

ASU tops U.S. News & World Report list of most innovative schools.  
ASU Now, September 8, 2015

NAU selected for national project to improve undergraduate education with adaptive software.  
News NAU, July 19, 2016

$1.2 T Student loan debt in the U.S. has now reached $1.2 trillion. What does it mean for students, universities and employers?
Universities: Disruption is Coming  

Gallup Analytics, May 19, 2016


47% Americans divided on proposal to eliminate public college tuition. At the same time, 59% support free Pre-K child care.
Americans Buy Free Pre-K; Split on Tuition-Free College  

Gallup Analytics, May 2, 2016


66% U.S. students in grades 5-12 who believe they spend “right amount of time” taking tests. Superintendents and teachers disagree. The reasons for both are important.
Most U.S. Students Don’t Mind Taking Educational Assessments  

Gallup Analytics, May 5, 2016