Many professors in higher education are concerned about the future of education moving forward under the Trump administration with insufficient funding for education being the main issue, according to a survey of nearly 2,000 professors done by Top Hat.

Expand chart
Data: Top Hat Professor Pulse Survey 2018, conducted May 12-July 20, 2018; Chart: Chris Canipe/Axios

By the numbers: 74% of the teachers surveyed said President Trump's administration is having a negative effect on the future of higher education in America. Among their concerns were tuition costs, student opinions and classroom engagement.

  • 49% of the professors surveyed believe a post-secondary education is not necessary for success.
  • 87% of professors believe tuition for students is too high.
  • Professors also believe the classroom isn't engaging enough — 71% of all professors surveyed say increasing engagement is their biggest priority.

Be smart: The issue is much bigger than Trump — higher education has become less of a priority nationwide. State funding for higher education decreased in 41 states between 2008 and 2016.

Expand chart
K-12 data: Census Bureau; Higher ed. data: 2017 SHEF Report, State Higher Education Executive Officers; Note: Inflation adjusted; Cartogram: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Tuition for two-year degrees in 2017 rose at three times the rate of inflation compared to 2008. Four-year college degrees continued to rise in cost as well.

The bottom line: Until education becomes more of a priority nationwide, attitudes among professors won't change.

This story has been updated to add context about the scale of the problem.

Go deeper

Case growth outpacing testing in coronavirus hotspots

Data: The COVID Tracking Project. Note: Vermont and Hawaii were not included because they have fewer than 20 cases per day. Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The United States' alarming rise in coronavirus cases isn't due to increased testing — particularly not where cases have grown fastest over the last month.

Why it matters: The U.S. doesn't yet know what it looks like when a pandemic rages on relatively unchecked after the health system has become overwhelmed. It may be about to find out.

The impending retail apocalypse

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Because of the coronavirus and people's buying habits moving online, retail stores are closing everywhere — often for good.

Why it matters: Malls are going belly up. Familiar names like J.C. Penney, Neiman Marcus and J. Crew have filed for bankruptcy. Increasingly, Americans' shopping choices will boil down to a handful of internet Everything Stores and survival-of-the-fittest national chains.

Biden campaign using Instagram to mobilize celebrity supporters

Collins appears on the Build live interview series in November 2019. Photo: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

The Biden campaign is launching a new initiative today that will draft Hollywood celebrities for Instagram Live chats with campaign officials and other Biden supporters.

Why it matters: The campaign, called #TeamJoeTalks, is an attempt to open up a new front on social media, drawing on celebrities’ Instagram followers to help find and motivate voters while large parts of the country remain locked down.