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Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

Date: Tuesday March 22, 2011

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Josipa Roksa, Sociology, University of Virginia, and co-author of Academically Adrift


How much are students learning in college?  For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum (New York University) and Josipa Roksa’s (University of Virginia) answer to that question is “not much.” The sociologists followed more than 2,300 undergraduate students at two dozen universities, and found that 45 percent “demonstrated no significant gains in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and written communications during the first two years of college.”The book 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 findings that colleges are failing at their most basic mission demand the attention of us all.  Since its release in January, the book has created a buzz and has been discussed in venues such as the New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed and the most recent conference of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. 

In her presentation, Josipa Roksa will share with UVA faculty the findings ofAcademically Adrift and discuss what we can learn from them.

Academically Adrift

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