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Study: After Two yrs College-45% No Significant Gain in Knowledge, after 4 Years Not a Lot Better

Study: After Two yrs College-45% No Significant Gain in Knowledge, after 4 Years Not a Lot Better

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45% of the nations college attendees show no gains in knowledge during their first two years in college, while after four years 36% showed little change in knowledge. This is being attributed to the fact that Instructors tend to be more focused on their research than teaching the new students.

The report also showed that students spend 50% less time studying today than they did in the eighties while students in the survey are maintaining a 3.2 grade point average. In essence, the conclusion is that today’s students can manage the college curriculum well with very little effort.

Other details in the research:

•35% of students report spending five or fewer hours per week studying alone. Yet, despite an “ever-growing emphasis” on study groups and collaborative projects, students who study in groups tend to have lower gains in learning.

•50% said they never took a class in a typical semester where they wrote more than 20 pages; 32% never took a course in a typical semester where they read more than 40 pages per week.

The report, based on a book titled Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. It is the compilation of transcripts and surveys of more than 3,000 full-time traditional-age students on 29 campuses nationwide, along with their results on the Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test that gauges students’ critical thinking, analytic reasoning and writing skills.