Haley Scholars Fall 2012 Reading Groups
In the second half of Chapter 3 from Academically Adrift, the researchers explain the different courses that students are apt to take and their preference following various academic paths or majors. "It is likely that students' choices in coursework, even broadly conceptualized and measured," write Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, "will have significant consequences for the development of their capacity to perform tasks...that require skills in critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing" (81).
Later in the chapter, Arum and Roksa note that the "inflated ambitions and high aspirations" of students "have not institutionally been met by equivalent high academic demands from their professors, nor have many of them found a sense of academic purpose or academic commitment" (89).
Of the topics -- courses taken, student college life, and financial challenges -- covered in second half of the chapter, what did you find most notable or important? Why or how so?