Student tracking finds limited learning in college

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

(AP) - Researchers are finding that students aren't learning much in college and they aren't being challenged.

A study of more than 2,300 undergraduates found 45 percent of students show no significant improvement in critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years.

Not much is asked of students, either. Half didn't take any course requiring 20 pages of writing during their prior semester, and one-third didn't take a single course requiring even 40 pages of reading per week.

The study also found the students who learned more are those who studied alone, read and wrote more, attended more selective schools and majored in traditional arts and sciences.

Students who are in fraternities and sororities had decreased rates of learning, while activities such as working off campus, participating in campus clubs and volunteering did not impact learning.

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