Most Virginians believe higher education is important, but disagree over how much should be spent
VCU’s Commonwealth Education Poll finds Virginians say higher education is important, but they are divided over how much we should spend.
The poll says 29% of Virginians consider it a top priority for the state to have public universities and colleges that are top-quality; 49 percent says it is very important, 17 somewhat important and two percent, not too important.
Bosher: Virginians who responded to the Commonwealth Educational Poll this year clearly indicated that they supported higher education.
Bill Bosher is Executive Director of the Commonwealth Education Policy Institute.
Bosher: However, there were differences about who should fund them.
46% favor state tax increases, 31% tuition and fees, 13% say both. Virginians are evenly split about whether higher education has enough money to do the job, 42 yes, 41 no, a shift downward from the last poll, where 52 percent said higher education did not have enough money.
The numbers in the poll are frequently used by legislators in making public policy decisions.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News