Research on Underachievement of Essential Learning Outcomes in College

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

"[Vincent] Tinto argued that 'quite simply, the more students invest in learning activities, the more they learn . . . . Involvement, especially academic involvement, seems to generate heightened student effort. That effort, in turn, leads to enhanced learning. As to the latter, we also know that student learning is linked to persistence.' In this line of reasoning, the focus of the college experience is on learning, which in turn may facilitate persistence. In recent decades, many have turned this argument upside down. Policy makers and practitioners alike have focused on keeping students in college, assuming that if they stay, they will learn . . . . The simple act of staying enrolled does not ensure that students are learning much." (Arum and Roksa 2011, 136, emphasis mine)

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This list of references was attached as an appendix to the "Written Testimony on College Completion and Quality" submitted by Carol Geary Schneider, president, Association of American Colleges and Universities, to the U.S. Department of Education as part of its 2011 Negotiated Rulemaking for Higher Education (May 18, 2011).