Aspiring Adults Adrift

Aspiring Adults Adrift

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Few books have ever made their presence felt on college campusesa€”and newspaper opinion pagesa€”as quickly and thoroughly as Richard Arum and Josipa Roksaa€™s 2011 landmark study of undergraduatesa€™ learning, socialization, and study habits, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses. From the moment it was published, one thing was clear: no university could afford to ignore its well-documented and disturbing findings about the failings of undergraduate education. Now Arum and Roksa are back, and their new book follows the same cohort of undergraduates through the rest of their college careers and out into the working world. Built on interviews and detailed surveys of almost a thousand recent college graduates from a diverse range of colleges and universities, Aspiring Adults Adrift reveals a generation facing a difficult transition to adulthood. Recent graduates report trouble finding decent jobs and developing stable romantic relationships, as well as assuming civic and financial responsibilitya€”yet at the same time, they remain surprisingly hopeful and upbeat about their prospects. Analyzing these findings in light of studentsa€™ performance on standardized tests of general collegiate skills, selectivity of institutions attended, and choice of major, Arum and Roksa not only map out the current state of a generation too often adrift, but enable us to examine the relationship between college experiences and tentative transitions to adulthood. Sure to be widely discussed, Aspiring Adults Adrift will compel us once again to re-examine the aims, approaches, and achievements of higher education.Some claimed that graduate school was definitely easier, that the a€œthe caliber of our classes [in undergraduate ... of specific graduate programs, is needed to provide further insights into the relationship between college performance andanbsp;...

Title:Aspiring Adults Adrift
Author:Richard Arum, Josipa Roksa
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2014-09-02


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