Poll: Americans Want Lower Tuition, Credit for Competency

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

The majority of the American public agrees higher education institutions should reduce their tuition rates and award students credit for competency instead of time, according to a poll released last week.

American adults overwhelmingly desire a new system of credentials that emphasizes the outcomes of competencies of higher learning, rather than simply the 16 weeks students take classes each semester, according to the Gallup/Lumina Foundation for Education poll.

Out of more than 1,000 respondents surveyed in November and December, 87 percent said students should be able to receive credit for the skills and knowledge they gain outside of classrooms.

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