Sep 21, 2019

Exclusive: Where skills anxiety is highest

Reproduced from Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey; Graphic: Axios Visuals

Nearly half of Americans think they need more education to move up in their careers, with younger, non-white and urban residents feeling a greater need for additional skills than their peers, according to the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey of 350,000 people to be released next week.

Between the lines: Whether people believe they need more education to advance their careers reflects the needs of the local labor market where they live. The tighter the job market, the higher the perceived need for more training.

  • In California, for example, 57% of workers without a college degree feel the need for more education. In North Dakota, only 32% feel this need.
  • People are more anxious about needing additional skills if they live in a state where a higher percentage of jobs require a bachelor's degree.
  • There's also a rural-urban divide: 53% of urban residents say they need additional education, compared to 43% of rural residents.

Noteworthy: Those who say they are likely to enroll in additional education within the next 5 years do not expect to do so at traditional post-secondary institutions. Adults without degrees say they'll look to employers, community colleges and trade schools.

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What cities and companies have in common

Reproduced from Strada-Gallup Education Survey; Graphic: Axios Visuals

Cities and companies need the same thing: skilled workers.

Driving the news: The metro areas that are more likely to benefit from a skilled workforce have populations that are less inclined to get additional education, per the Strada-Gallup Education Consumer Survey.

Go deeperArrowSep 25, 2019

Deep Dive: Higher education's existential crisis

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo. Photos via Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

U.S. colleges and universities — historically cornerstones of society — are wrestling with a wave of rapid changes coming at the U.S.

The big picture: Higher education institutions — private, public, for-profit and not — are buckling in the face of demographic shifts, the arrival of automation, declining enrollment, political headwinds and faltering faith in the system.

The shift in higher education funding since the Great Recession

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The federal government has had to shoulder more of the country's higher education costs as state investments have declined the past 20 years — and especially after 2008's Great Recession — an analysis from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows.

The state of play: Education funding has experienced a large shift as federal funding programs based on student need surged while state funding for research and public universities withered.

Go deeperArrowOct 15, 2019