Sunday, January 12, 2014

The decline of American colleges

College students today work half as hard as students used to, according to George Will who was citing a study by Brink Lindsay of  Cato Institute:
Lindsey reported that in 1961, full-time college students reported studying 25 hours a week on average; by 2003, average studying time had fallen to 13 hours. Half of today’s students take no courses requiring more than 20 pages of writing in a semester. Given the role of practice in developing expertise, “the conclusion that college students are learning less than they used to seems unavoidable.” Small wonder those with college degrees occupying jobs that do not require a high school diploma include 1.4 million retail salespeople and cashiers, half a million waiters, bartenders and janitors, and many more.
While students are learning less and benefitting less, college costs (green line) have been rising faster than inflation (blue) , even faster than medical costs (red):

Colleges may be dominated by left-wing radicals, but that doesn't mean that they aren't in it for the money, as evidenced by the over 42 college presidents make over a million dollars a year.

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