The Citizen - Page 57

P a g e | 57 (FILTER, asked of, a four-year college degree or an advanced degree (PhD, MD, Law) respondents). What is the highest grade of school that you completed? Is it… Did you get any of these degrees (college or advanced) from a local college or university? Yes 46.4% No 53.6% (FILTER, asked of, trade school or technical training after high school or some college respondents). What is the highest grade of school that you completed? Is it… Did you get any of these degrees (college or advanced) from a local college or university? The next set of questions deal with student loans. Remember these questions are for local leaders to develop better policies and will not be used to identify you as a respondent. Did you take out any student loans to help pay for your education? Yes 44.3% No 55.7% (FILTER, asked of yes, respondents) Did you take out any student loans to help pay for your education? And thinking about all your student loans. Approximately, how much, in total, did you borrow? (Private and Public loans combined) Less than $7,000 $7,001- $11,000 $11,001- $20,000 20,001 – 30,000 30,001 or more D ON’T KNOW REFUSED 20.1% 20.2% 31.5% 8.7% 19.5% (6) (4) And what is the current status of your student loans? Are you… Currently making payments 28.9% In deferment or forbearance 13.1% Paid off or forgiven 53.5% DON’T KNOW 3.6% REFUSED 0.9% In general, how important, if at all, do you think it is for an individual to have a college degree? Is it… Very important 55.2% Somewhat important 34.5% Neither important nor 4.2% unimportant Somewhat unimportant 3% Not important at all 1.1% DON’T KNOW 1.5% REFUSED 0.4% How important, if at all, do you think post-high school institutions (UIS, Lincoln Land Community College, and apprenticeship programs) are to the local community? Is it… Very important 76.6% Somewhat important 19.6% Neither important nor 1.4% unimportant Somewhat unimportant 1% Not important at all 0.2% DON’T KNOW 1% REFUSED 0.2% Now thinking only about traditional higher education institutions in Sangamon County (UIS, Robert Morris, Benedictine University). How effective, if at all, do you think these institutions are in preparing individuals for the workforce? Very effective 36.2% Somewhat effective 46.6% Neither effective nor 2.8% ineffective Somewhat ineffective 2.9% Not effective at all 1.8% DON’T KNOW 8.8% REFUSED 0.9% Now thinking only about workforce training programs, technical institutes, and community colleges in Sangamon County. How effective, if at all, do you think these institutions are in preparing individuals for the workforce? Very effective 50.7% Somewhat effective 39.1% Neither effective nor 0.8% ineffective Somewhat ineffective 1.4% Not effective at all 1.5% DON’T KNOW 6% REFUSED 0.5%