Slacking or Studying: Do Undergrads Really Learn in College?

A recent not-so-controversial study confirmed what many students and over-paying parents alike felt to be true: undergrads don’t learn much in the first two years of college. The study asserts that students spend nearly 5x as much of their day sleeping, playing ultimate Frisbee, and updating Facebook pages as they do reading Chaucer for their Intro to Lit courses or studying evolution for Biology 101. Another related study alleged that for nearly half of undergraduates, the freshman and sophomore years result in absolutely no significant gains in skills like critical thinking, writing, and complex reasoning.

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