Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses

| September 21, 2011

Title: Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses

Authors: Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Call Number: LA227.4 .A78 2011

From the Publisher:

In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born. Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed by Academically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there?

Academically Adrift holds sobering lessons for students, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and parents—all of whom are implicated in promoting or at least ignoring contemporary campus culture. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Arum and Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission will demand the attention of us all.

About the Authors:

Richard Arum is professor in the Department of Sociology with a joint appointment in the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University. He is also director of the Education Research Program of the Social Science Research Council and the author of Judging School Discipline: The Crisis of Moral Authority in American Schools.

Josipa Roksa is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia.

On the Web:

Professor Arum’s faculty bio

Professor Roska’s faculty bio


Youtube: Interview with Professor Arum