Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Let's Ask More of Our Students—and of Ourselves

The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 2nd, 2014

College graduates in general do much better economically than those who do not complete college, which is not particularly surprising given both the level of economic inequality in our society and the role of higher education in sorting, selecting, and signaling differences in prior academic ability. But when we look at how well college graduates have been prepared for a successful transition to adulthood, the results are decidedly more mixed.
For our book Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates, we followed approximately 1,000 students for two years after college graduation to document their successes and failures. We learned that while it certainly still pays to go to college, even with the high costs and debts students often assume, a large proportion of students have not been particularly well served by higher education in their transitions to adulthood.

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