After many thousands of dollars spent and two years on campus, college students show 'no significant gains' in learning by the end of their sophomore year, a study released today reports.
The study was conducted by two college professors, one from New York University and one from the University of Virginia, and looked at 2,300 undergraduate students from two-dozen U.S. colleges. Results showed forty-five percent of students "demonstrated no significant gains in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and written communications during the first two years of college." Findings were based on an essay-based standardized test that required critical reading and analysis.
One of the professors who conducted the study, Dr. Richard Arum of New York University, says the burden of responsibility falls on professors and administrators as well as on students. Dr. Arum discusses the study's findings and his new book "Academically Adrift" with American Morning's Kiran Chetry and T.J. Holmes.