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Lack of Emphasis On Reading, Writing Impedes College Student Learning, Study Says

A new book, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” says many students are not learning anything in U.S. colleges.

“Courses, oftentimes, are not rigorous enough to help students develop their analytical and critical thinking skills,” say the authors.

Student surveys show, for example, that 32 percent of students each semester do not take any courses with more than 40 pages of reading assigned a week, and that half don’t take a single course in which they must write more than 20 pages over the course of a semester.

Further, the authors note that students spend, on average, only about 12-14 hours a week studying, and that much of this time is spent studying in groups.

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