CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

How Much Do We Learn in College?

Until Universities Track Improvement, We Won't Know the Real Value of Higher Ed

Prospective students and their parents eat lunch and talk following a tour of campus at Duke University in Durham, N.C. in 2006. Photo by Gerry Broome/Associated Press.

It’s mid-winter, your college applications have been submitted, and you’ll soon be pacing the floor waiting to learn where you have been accepted. But will you emerge from college four years from now better off than when you started? Does college help turn students into scholars, with greater expertise, maturity, and cognitive abilities? How effective is college in helping students prepare for work or graduate school?

Put simply: How do we know how much we learn in college?

If you search for answers to these questions today, prepare to be disappointed. Popular …

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