Lower Learning: Study Shows College Students Aren’t Getting Much Knowledge

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GangStarr Girl / January 18, 2011

America places heavy emphasis on getting a college degree. However, unfortunately part of that process lands people in disgustingly insane amounts of debt. Adding even more insult to injury is a new study that shows that college students in general aren’t very smart.

A new book called Academically Adrift analyzed surveys and college transcripts for more than 2,000 U.S. college students and the findings weren’t very good:

45 percent of students “did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning” during the first two years of college.

36 percent of students “did not demonstrate any significant improvement in learning” over four years of college.

Basically, what this means is that almost half of students haven’t learned anything by the time they’re halfway through college, and more than a third of students have learned nothing by the time they’ve graduated. The average GPA of students in this study was 3.2.

The students who majored in business, education, and social work learned the least of all.

Wow, the students who majored in education, huh? Makes you wonder about some of the teachers you’ve had growing up, doesn’t it? Smh. [Gawker]