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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 al I looked at some of the other GoodReads reviews after I finished this book and I have to agree with those who said the writing style is wooden and not engaging But I was interested enough in the topic and the findings to read the whole thing fairly uickly and during finals week It was fascinating to read this while grading final projects in my visual communication class the authors findings about college students match much of what my students have to say about themselves I had assigned a visual self portrait with a brief explanatory essay applying concepts from class Most students elected to created photo collages They identify the most important things in their lives to be their friends their families and their faith Next were movies and video games they enjoy and pets When they wrote about or included images related to their university experience it was about college friendships and parties sorority life or sports None mentioned their major and very few mentioned career goals or plans for the future except for the desire to have a family

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Academically Adrift

Ses 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 than 2300 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 I jumped into this book thinking it was going to be the most important book on education that I d read this year I was sorely disappointed Arum bemoans the decline of critical thinking complex reasoning and written communication so much it becomes the mantra of the book And yet the book itself is as poorly written as any other dense self important piece of academese that I ve ever had the irritation to read Here s a sample sentence Full time faculty in resource poor institutions likely feel increasingly overwhelmed and demoralized by the growing institutional demands placed on them and their inability to identify sufficient resources to maintain traditional levels of support for undergraduate education If this were submitted by one of my students I would write in the margin SIMPLIFY This sentence could make its point so much better is fewer words Faculty feel so much pressure on the job they can t focus on their students educationMy other complaint is that in addition to all the jargon I also had to wade through piles and piles of data which the author felt very little incentive to actually interpret for the reader Isn t the job of an author to synthesize and package hard research into palatable chunks for their readers consumption Many a time I felt my eyes just glazing over as I tried to make sense of a paragraph of statistics and percentages It does little justice to the data if it is left raw and inaccessible to the readerDespite my complaints the book is important As Arum and Roksa write in a surprisingly engaging last chapter A Mandate for Reform The dissatisfaction of corporate leaders in the private sector with the uality of US undergraduate education has become palpable and graduates are simply NOT showing up to the work force with the basic skills that employers and the economy as a whole desperately reuires We ve got a long road ahead of us

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In spite of soaring tuition costs and students go to college every year A bachelor’s degree is now reuired 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 uestion posed by Academically Adrift are undergraduates really learning anything once they get thereFor a large proportion of students Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s answer to that uestion is a definitive no Their extensive research draws on survey respon This is really a research article disguised as a book That s the worst part of this study Also the graphics are miserable and the uality of the writing is wooden So much for the bad The good is that this work is perhaps the final brick in the wall in assessing the nature of contemporary college education Chris Healy and I put one brick in that wall college grades are ridiculously high in comparison to past grading standards Babcock and Marks put in another brick college students are studying about half as much as they did in the 1960s The NSSE studies indicate that students on average care little about the academic aspects of college Other studies have shown that today s college graduates are less literate than the college graduates of the pastUntil now the defense on the part of the education establishment in response to the above analyses is that none of this matters What s important is that college education still gives students life skills and still does an admirable job in teaching students critical thinking analytic reasoning and problem solvingThere were no data to back this rebuttal on the part of the education establishment It was just a sunny assertion Now with this book maybe we have some data If the methodology used here is correct we don t do a good job teaching students critical thinking and problem solving skills Students are studying 12 hours a week on average Their average GPA is 32 After four years of study over one third have not improved upon the academic skills they possessed when they entered collegeThere are plenty of books that talk on and on about the nature of college without any real data I find almost all of them to be exercises in narcissism This isn t that kind of book It s all about the numbers The numbers if they are correct say we ve increasingly turned college into a very expensive nine month summer camp for many studentsHowever there are the I think about it some problems with the methodology used in this book The CLA test that is the foundation for most but not all of the analyses and conclusions of the authors is highly correlated with SATACT scores and like SATACT scores is poorly correlated with grades The test also has a ceiling which means that probably about five percent of the student body cannot do much better over time the creators of the test say it s one to three percent There is certainly some part of the CLA test that measures something of value in terms of learning But like the SATACT it s likely measuring something akin to aptitude for learning rather than learning itselfLike that SATACT there is certainly noise in the CLA measure Taking a difference between two CLA tests which is what the authors do here results in even noise The authors may well be confusing signal with noise in their assessementsThis book in the end is consistent with other measures that show uneuivocally that we aren t doing a good job at teaching at the college level But its results are not probably as strong a confirmation as I might surmise based on a cursory reading


10 thoughts on “Academically Adrift

  1. says:

    This is really a research article disguised as a book That's the worst part of this study Also the graphics are miserable and the uality of the writing is wooden So much for the bad The good is that this work is perhaps the final brick in the wall in assessing the nature of contemporary college education Chris Healy and I put one brick in t

  2. says:

    After receiving a pretty lucrative grant from some folks I just can't name here at my former gig at Pacific Tec

  3. says:

    Academically Adrift highlights an important problem with higher education extremely low levels of learning as measured in terms of critical thinking complex problem solving and communicationThe authors are careful to point out that th

  4. says:

    I jumped into this book thinking it was going to be the most important book on education that I'd read this year I was sorely disappointed Arum bemoans the decline of critical thinking complex reasoning and written communication so much it becomes the mantra of the book And yet the book itself is as poorly written as any other dense self important piece of academese that I've ever had the irritation to read Here's a sample sentence Full t

  5. says:

    This is a splendid dry detailed and frustrating little book potentially interesting to most people involved in higher education teachers administrators deans student politicians etcI’ve seen uite a few test of learning outcomes administered to large populations of students but what makes this one interesting is the focus on the broad general skill sets of liberal education critical thinking complex reasoning and writing These are evalu

  6. says:

    510Very uneven chapters depending on the coauthors Some are very insightful but two do nothing but unbelievable rhetorical and mental contortions to try oh so hard to not let hereditarianism or biological group differences show in their data which virtually scream it At one point the authors note that 'controlling for all

  7. says:

    Academically Adrift Limited Learning on College Campuses is a detailed collection of statistics and cross references to add

  8. says:

    This is a book that should be read by every college professor dean provost and president Far too many of our colleges are failing in their mission to educate undergraduates The authors suggest one crude recommendation which they reit

  9. says:

    I looked at some of the other GoodReads reviews after I finished this book and I have to agree with those who said the writing style is wooden and not engaging But I was interested enough in the topic and the findings to read the whole thing fairly uickly and during finals week It was fascinating to read this while grading final pr

  10. says:

    Five stars do not seem enough reward for this book Every university academic and every student should read it The writers demonstrate how and why 'limited learning' takes places in our courses and classrooms Their arguments are both horrifying and inspiring If we think differently and behave differently then we can make a

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