Are Undergraduates Actually Learning Anything?

Are Undergraduates Actually Learning Anything? – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

We are aware of poor student performance compared to other developed countries in K-12 and how we’re falling in graduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). No surprises here. I’ll leave others to argue about is there learning? {the comments are fascinating}

What I didn’t know is that…

… by the early 1990s, the progress the United States had made in increasing college participation had come to a virtual halt. For most of the 1990s, the United States ranked last among 14 nations in raising college-participation rates, with almost no increase during the decade.”

In Cobb County, GA, a northern Atlanta suburb, there’s 40% who have attained a Bachelors.  Maybe, the better question is that do we really need more college grads with Bachelors? If so, won’t we need more STEM grads? Do we need more technical folks with perhaps some college? Are there other alternatives such as the Vo-Tech program?

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