The Growing Partisan Divide in Views of Higher Education
Americans see value in higher education whether they graduated from college or not. Even so, there is an undercurrent of dissatisfaction – even suspicion – among the public about the role colleges play in society.
‘Back to school’ means anytime from late July to after Labor Day, depending on where in the U.S. you live
Earlier starts tend to be more common in the South and Southwest. Later starts are more common on the East Coast and in the upper Midwest and Northwest.
5 facts about student loans
About one-third of adults under age 30 have student loan debt. In 2016, the amount students owed varied widely, especially by degree attained.
For U.S. teens today, summer means more schooling and less leisure time than in the past
Compared with 10 years ago, American teens are devoting more of their time in the summer to educational activities and less time to leisure.
College faculty have become more racially and ethnically diverse, but remain far less so than students
Around a quarter of college faculty in the U.S. were nonwhite in fall 2017, compared with 45% of students.
A view of the nation’s future through kindergarten demographics
In 18 states and the District of Columbia, Latino children accounted for at least 20% of public school kindergarten students in 2017.
Republicans have doubts that colleges, K-12 schools are open to range of viewpoints
Republicans are less likely than Democrats to see colleges and K-12 public schools as open to a range of viewpoints.
About one-in-six U.S. teachers work second jobs – and not just in the summer
Classes have ended for the summer at U.S. public schools, but a sizable share of teachers are still hard at work at second jobs outside the classroom.
U.S. women near milestone in the college-educated labor force
This year will likely be the first year in which women are a majority of the U.S. college-educated labor force.
U.S. unauthorized immigrants are more proficient in English, more educated than a decade ago
In 2016, a third of unauthorized immigrant adults were proficient in English – up from a quarter in 2007.
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