Despite all the concern about the cost and relevance of a college education, surveying by the American Council on Education of young alumni found they were fairly content with what they’d paid for:
Respondents expressed broad satisfaction with their undergraduate experience. Eighty-nine percent of respondents said their college experience had been worth it, and 85 percent said their education had prepared them at least adequately well for the jobs they now held. About 80 percent of alumni said they would attend the same undergraduate institution if given the chance, though the number was higher at four-year than at two-year colleges.
Just next door, Kevin P. Reilly, president of the University of Wisconsin system, one of the institutions that took part in the survey, told the Chronicle of Higher Education:
The average elected official would kill to have such a positive rating as we have in higher education.