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Academically Adrift Part Two



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The authors of Academically Adrift recently released a new study that followed their student participants as they entered the workforce.  Here are their highlights:

  • Graduates who scored in the bottom quintile of the Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA) were three times more likely to be unemployed than those who scored in the top quintile on the CLA, twice as likely to be living at home, and significantly more likely to have amassed credit-card debt.
  • Graduates who displayed high academic engagement/growth in their undergraduate years were less likely to have credit-card debt than graduates who exhibited low academic engagement/growth.
  • Graduates of highly selective institutions were less likely to have borrowed loans to pay for college, were less likely to have credit-card debt, and were less likely to live at home with parents and relatives compared with graduates of less selective institutions.
  • Graduates who exhibited high academic engagement/growth in college were significantly more likely to read the news and discuss politics and public affairs compared to students who displayed low academic engagement/growth.
  • Graduates who scored in the highest quintile on the CLA in their senior year were more likely to read the news and discuss politics and public affairs compared to students in the bottom quintile.
  • Graduates of highly selective institutions were significantly more likely to read the news and discuss politics and public affairs compared to graduates of less selective institutions.
These findings are not groundbreaking to anyone who has observed the current state of higher education — all degrees are not created equal. Will anything come out of this aside from numerous news reports, blog posts and op-eds?  Stay tuned . . .


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