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Illustration for Public Perception of Higher Education collection of stories

Here’s a story. Higher education is as valuable as it has ever been.

Here’s another story: Confidence and trust in higher ed are fast eroding.

To work in higher education is to worry over the space between those two storylines. What happens to a public good when much of the public stops thinking it’s good?

This project will examine higher ed’s public-perception problem — and the solutions to it — in our reporting and in an independent national survey conducted by The Chronicle with Langer Research Associates. The survey’s aim is to add depth and nuance to the growing body of research on how people perceive higher ed.