Busting the College-Industrial Complex
Why should students have to take on large loans just to qualify for a job?
(From National Affairs)
In their hotly debated 2011 book, Academically Adrift, scholars Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa tracked CLA (College Learning Assessment) scores for student cohorts at 24 selective colleges, and found that 45% of students in their sample “did not demonstrate any statistically significant improvement” in test scores during college, and that, on average, students showed minuscule gains in learning and critical thinking.
… we wind up with lots of dutiful, loan-taking college enrollees and burdened students and families, despite clear evidence that at least half of students will end up as indebted non-completers — and amidst the likelihood that taxpayers will be left paying at least some of the bill.