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Education Reporter
NUMBER 299 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS DECEMBER 2010

A Closer Look at Higher Ed
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University students learn less than many people think.
  1. Only 29% of college graduates achieve a score of "proficient" on national literacy tests. (National Assessment of Adult Literacy)
  2. American colleges fail to significantly increase students' civic knowledge; in a multiple-choice exam on America's history and institutions, the average freshman scored 50.4% and the average senior scored 54.2%. (The Intercollegiate Studies Institute)

A college degree is no guarantee of success.

  1. 29% of college grads work in high school-level jobs, including ticket-taker, barista, and flight attendant. (Carnevale, Smith, and Strohl. "Help Wanted: Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018")
  2. 20% of individuals making less than $20,000 per year have bachelor's or master's degrees. (U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2009)
  3. After factoring in forgone wages and the cost of a college education, the average lifetime earnings advantage for college graduates ranges from $150,000 to $500,000 — not the million dollar figure that is often cited. (The American Enterprise Institute)

Many college professors teach one-sided courses.

  1. In some university departments, the ratio of registered Democrats to Republicans is as high as 21.1 to 1. (Klein and Stern. "Professors and Their Politics: The Policy Views of Social Scientists")
  2. In a survey at 50 selective colleges, 46% of students said that some professors use the classroom to present their personal political views. (The American Council of Trustees and Alumni)
  3. Earning a bachelor's degree significantly changes a person's opinions on the issues of same-sex marriage, prayer in schools, abortion-on-demand, the "American Dream," and the Bible. (The Intercollegiate Studies Institute)

(Source: www.popecenter.org, 10-27-10)


 
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