The authors of a new book about undergraduate education assert,

Growing numbers of students are sent to college at increasingly higher costs, but for a large proportion of them the gains in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and written communication are either exceedingly small or empirically nonexistent.

Unsurprisingly, the book, Academically Adrift, has been drawing attention since it was released on Tuesday. It is currently at #22 on Amazon’s sales rankings and is not owned by most major public libraries. An excerpt  appeared earlier this week in the Chronicle of Higher Education under the headline, Are Undergraduates Actually Learning Anything? It’s being picked up by news sources

Study: One-Third of Students Don’t Learn Much in College CBS

The Choice: How Much Do College Students Learn, and Study? New York Times (blog)

Study: Students slog through college, but don’t gain much critical thinking, Seattle Times

The value of collegeThe Economist (blog)

Guest post: ‘Academically Adrift,’ indeedWashington Post (blog)

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses
Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa
Retail Price: $25.00
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: University Of Chicago Press – (2011-01-15)
ISBN / EAN: 0226028569 / 9780226028569

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