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Business Leaders Aren't Sure Colleges Are Effectively Preparing Students, Poll Finds

Graduates line up to receive their diplomas under cool and cloudy skies with the skyline of Denver as their backdrop. Metropo
Graduates line up to receive their diplomas under cool and cloudy skies with the skyline of Denver as their backdrop. Metropolitan State College of Denver held it's Spring 2012 graduation ceremony today May 13, 2012. The commencement exercises were held on the Auraria Athletic Fields on the school's campus. President Stephen Jordan was the keynote speaker and more than 1,800 bachelor's and 60 master's students graduated at the ceremony. Metro State continues a four-year graduate growth trend with its largest-ever spring graduating class: 1,820 bachelor's candidates, exceeding last year's record of 1,484 spring graduates. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post (Photo By Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

A new survey of business leaders finds many of them are skeptical that American colleges and universities are effectively preparing students for the workforce.

Just one-third said they agreed or strongly agreed that higher education institutions are "graduating students with the skills and competences that my business needs," according to polling from Gallup. The business leaders were similarly divided in the poll about whether America has the best higher education system in the world.

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The survey included responses from 623 business leaders in executive and senior roles at their company. It was conducted by Gallup on behalf of Lumina Foundation, and released in conjunction with a new report on how Americans view the state of higher education.

Other recent polling from Gallup found Americans continue to strongly believe college is important.

In the new report from Gallup and the Lumina Foundation, three-fourths of Americans believe higher education is not affordable, but a majority believe both an associate degree and bachelor's degree will lead to a good job.

A vast majority in the report favored increased collaboration between higher education institutions and businesses.

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