Haley Scholars Spring 2013 Reading Groups
By Chandra Alford
In Chapter 5 of Academically Adrift, Richard Arum and Josipa
Roksa present their claims about the type of reform that needs to occur
at the collegiate level in this country. The authors address several key
issues, such as limited learning, student preparation, higher education
leadership, and curriculum and instruction. The lack of reform with
these issues, the authors claim, is impacting the competitive edge our
education system has had over other countries for many decades.
Arum and Roksa make very strong claims in this chapter, but one in
particular seems to embody their entire argument about the need to have
mandatory reform in higher education: “While higher education is
expected to accomplish many tasks -- and contemporary colleges and
universities have indeed contributed to society in ways as diverse as
producing pharmaceutical patent as well as primetime athletic bowls --
existing organizational cultures and practices too often do not
prioritize undergraduate learning” (122).
Based on the material covered so far in this chapter, which of the
issues highlighted by the authors--limited learning, student
preparation, higher education leadership, and curriculum and
instruction, do you believe should be addressed first in order to start
the process of reformation in higher education in this country? Why?