Josipa Roksa has work about being academically adrift cited in new article by UVAToday.
Tough times for higher ed
And as Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa note in their book Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, they often haven’t learned much:
- 45% students 'did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning' during the first two years of college.
- 36% of students 'did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning' over four years of college.
- Those students who do show improvements tend to show only modest improvements. Students improved on average only 0.18 standard deviations over the first two years of college and 0.47 over four years. What this means is that a student who entered college in the 50th percentile of students in his or her cohort would move up to the 68th percentile four years later — but that's the 68th percentile of a new group of freshmen who haven't experienced any college learning.