Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Overrated Universities

As for the “practical” majors...they might not be as useful as once thought.  In a recent work called “Academically Adrift”, these authors tracked the progress of more than 2,300 undergraduates at two dozen U.S. universities.  They found that more than a third of seniors leave campus having shown no improvement in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, or written communications over four years.  Worse, the majors and programs often thought most practical—education, business and communications—prove to be the least productive.
—William McGurn in his Wall Street Journal column Main Street.  November 1, 2011. A10.

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