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Are We Learning Yet?

Just a quick post to alert you to some discussions about the amount of learning occurring in academia right now. Two sociologists, Richard Arum from NYU and Josipa Roksa from UVA, recently published a book titled, Academically Adrift, in which they argue that many college students simply aren’t learning all that much (at least in the realms of critical reading, writing and thinking skills–what many would argue are the most important, wide-ranging skills that a college education ought to produce). This comes on the heels of another study that shows college students study an average of 14 hours per week, down ten hours from the average in the 1960s of 24 hours per week. The NY Times has hosted “Room for Debate” discussions on the two issues, which you can read here and here.

So, first-year Vanderbilt students, let’s move all that data in the right direction!

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