WGBH News wanted to know what the public thinks about the challenges facing higher education, so we commissioned a national poll to find out. The poll surveyed more than 1,000 people across the country on a variety of issues related to higher education, including race in admissions, mental health and sexual assault on campus, and free speech.

Here's how the respondents answered our questions.

Our higher education reports are a collaboration with The Forum for the Future of Higher Education and made possible with support from Lumina Foundation and the Davis Educational Foundation.