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The book examines the current state of higher education in the United States, and argues that a college degree is worth very little today for the cost and time it takes to receive one. The book and its findings received extensive national media coverage and sparked a debate about what undergraduate students learn once they get into college.
The research draws on survey responses, transcript data, and the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test administered to students in their first semester and again at the end of their second year. The analysis reveals that a significant proportion of students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing.
- In the Basement of the Ivory Tower
- Real Education: Four Simple Truths for Bringing America's Schools Back to Reality
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- The New Yorker
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