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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.

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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.

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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.

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