Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

by Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa
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Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa

In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born. Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by Academically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there?

For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s answer to that question is a definitive no. Their extensive research draws on survey responses, transcript data, and, for the first time, the state-of-the-art Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test administered to students in their first semester and then again at the end of their second year. According to their analysis of more than 2,300 undergraduates at twenty-four institutions, 45 percent of these students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills—including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing—during their first two years of college. As troubling as their findings are, Arum and Roksa argue that for many faculty and administrators they will come as no surprise—instead, they are the expected result of a student body distracted by socializing or working and an institutional culture that puts undergraduate learning close to the bottom of the priority list.

Academically Adrift
holds sobering lessons for students, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and parents—all of whom are implicated in promoting or at least ignoring contemporary campus culture. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Arum and Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission will demand the attention of us all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780226028576
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 01/15/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Richard Arum is professor in the Department of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He is also director of the Education Research Program of the Social Science Research Council and the author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority in American Schools. Josipa Roksa is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.

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Impressed-in-the-Midwest More than 1 year ago
I bought this book because of favorable reviews on NPR and in the Chronicle; I'm not disappointed. The research is based on a limited sample of colleges and universities and a limited outcome measure about which the authors are refreshingly mindful. Analyses and interpretations don't stray far from the data whereas astute speculations are duly noted as such. Issues concerning educational demands, educational environments, and students' preparation for and engagement of learning opportunities are discussed at length with supporting evidence amply provided in text, tables, and figures. It's more than a critical review of higher education, the authors offer constructive solutions worthy of consideration. This book is a must read for administrators, faculty, serious students, and anyone concerned about the status of higher education. It's a data intensive read that's difficult to put down.
msturgeon More than 1 year ago
Though this book comes as one in which only academics would find interest, it is much more. There has been much controversy on the studies' results on which this book is written. However, as a higher education professor I can confirm that I see the reality of what the authors portray as the academic health of our society. This is an excellent read and one that provokes much thinking. It was not only worth the small price, it was worth my time to read. Because of the controversial reactions the studies brought about, the authors are in the midst of writing a follow up, of which I will certainly purchase.
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