Tag: College learning Outcomes

Study Claims College Students Do Not Learn Much In Four Years

Here is the link provided by ECS to the study that is getting so much media attention.

A new¬†study ¬†found that many students are not learning much in college and has inflamed a debate about the value of an American higher education. The research found that 45% of students show no significant improvement in the key measures of critical thinking, complex reasoning and writing by the end of their sophomore years. One problem is that students aren’t asked to do much

Lumina Proposes New Definitions Of College Student Learning Outcomes

From Gay Clyburn at the Carnegie Foundation:

The Lumina Foundation for Education is supporting faculty-led, discipline-specific discussions within several states that seek to articulate what a student should know and be able to do by graduation. The meeting-intensive project is at times clouded with the kinds of bureaucratic buzzwords, like “rubric,” that can turn off educators and obscure the ways it might lead to tangible change. But proponents of the effort say it brings clarity to the work of academe and makes a stronger case for the value of a college education. “Quality in higher education is best represented by what students learn,” says Marcus Kolb, a program officer at Lumina. “We hope this will elevate student learning to the center of the conversation.” Indeed, statewide and national debates about higher education often focus on who gets into college and who gets out but not as much about what happens in between. Lumina is pursuing the question of what a degree means as part of its focus on increasing the number of Americans with college credentials.