Public Opinion on Post-Secondary Education In Alberta

April 17, 2012

A coalition of post-secondary education stakeholders including CAUS have commissioned a poll that indicates Albertans view the province’s post-secondary education system as fuelling economic growth, improving the quality of the health-care system, addressing labour shortages and strengthening communities.

The fact that a majority of Albertans say that the provincial government should spend more money on our post-secondary system underlines the degree of broad public support for post-secondary education.

The poll also indicates that Albertans are concerned about financial barriers to accessing post-secondary: mounting student debt loads and escalating costs were a concern for nearly two-thirds of respondents, and 61% of parents indicated that they were worried about how they would pay for their child’s education.

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