Haley Scholars Spring 2013 Reading Groups
By Chandra Alford
In part 2 of chapter five, Arum and Roksa are arguing for institutions of higher education to have more transparency. But, the authors acknowledge the pitfalls of having a system that requires these institutions to be more transparent in their reports on student development and learning. Also, the authors recognized the power that higher institutions have in persuading public opinions and policies.
“Standing in the way of significant reform efforts are, of course, a set of entrenched organizational interests and deeply ingrained institutional practices," they write. "While the lack of undergraduate academic learning has generated increased hand-wringing in various quarters, efforts to address the problem have been feeble and ineffective to date. A primary reason is that undergraduate learning is peripheral to the concerns of the vast majority of those involved with the higher-education system” (143).
Based on Arum and Roksa’s observations and claims, how did you respond to the idea that "undergraduate learning is peripheral"? Why?