The vast majority of respondents to a brand new survey mentioned they need extra greater schooling alternatives in rural Tennessee.
The survey, commissioned by Western Governors College, revealed that 78% of respondents assist Gov. Invoice Lee’s give attention to rising rural entry to greater schooling.
Lee proposed $200 million to develop rural broadband entry statewide throughout his State of the State handle on Feb. eight, together with a $151.2 million enhance in greater schooling spending.
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The survey additionally confirmed that 53% mentioned state funding for greater schooling ought to enhance, and that 69% mentioned the state’s HOPE scholarships ought to be accessible to these enrolled in all state-approved on-line universities. The HOPE Scholarship is funded by proceeds from the state lottery and accessible to incoming faculty freshmen.
Moreover, 44% mentioned on-line faculty diploma packages had been equitable to conventional, in-person levels whereas 10% mentioned they had been higher.
The survey additionally confirmed that 89% of respondents imagine extra educated workforce is crucial for financial restoration and to compete with different states.
“The outcomes present there’s nonetheless stable assist for helping Tennesseans’ success in postsecondary schooling, even amid a pandemic,” mentioned Kimberly Estep, regional vp, WGU Southeast. “Not solely do Tennesseans imagine greater schooling is as necessary as ever, however they need elevated entry to it as properly.”
Different key findings of the survey included:
- 53% of respondents assume Tennessee ought to enhance funding for faculty schooling; 7% assume it ought to be decreased and 35% mentioned it ought to keep the identical;
- 39% of respondents assume Tennessee schools and universities present sufficient monetary help for college kids;
- 19% mentioned they plan to return to highschool, whereas 23% mentioned they’re contemplating it. Of these, 93% mentioned they’ve handy entry to high-speed, broadband web and 90% mentioned they’re snug sufficient with know-how to take faculty programs absolutely on-line.
The survey was carried out by the Dallas-based market analysis agency Dynata. It surveyed 500 randomly chosen registered voters who’re presently employed from Feb. 19-28.