Study: Nearly half of college students in the US do not learn that much

By on Jan 19, 2011 in Colleges, Education, Parenting, United States, Universities Comments

A recent study showed that nearly half of students in the US do not learn that much in college, according to a new book that was released by University of Chicago Press on Tuesday.

Academically Adrift book
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The book, entitled ‘Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses‘ contained a study made from surveys and analysis of transcript of students with the usual age who are enrolled at a range of four-year colleges and universities across America.

Apparently, the data showed that 45 percent of 2,300 students whom they analyzed ‘did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning’ during their sophomore years of college.

In addition, about 35 percent these students ‘did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning’ over four years of college.

Consequently, those who showed improvement had an average of only 0.18 standard deviations over the first two years of college and only 0.47 over four years.

The data came from the result of Collegiate Learning Assessment the students took, which is a standardized test being administered to US students in their first semester and then again at the end of their sophomore years.

The authors of this book are sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, who used college undergraduates from 24 school institutions in the US for their study.

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