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HBCU Money™ Dozen 1/26 – 1/30

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Did you miss HBCU Money™ Dozen via Twitter? No worry. We are now putting them on the site for you to visit at your leisure. We have made some changes here at HBCU Money™ Dozen. We are now solely focused on research and central bank articles from the previous week.

Research

Rural Renewable Energy Alliance — Helping Low-Income Families Switch To Solar l Clean Technica http://dlvr.it/8JZxC8

12 Must-See Devices for Fitness and Sports Enthusiasts l CIOonline http://trib.al/AOGAlVn

How three small credit card transactions could reveal your identity l CIOonline http://trib.al/4uR3jUK

How to see Bloody Mary (video) – an apparition that could help people with schizophrenia l New Scientist http://ow.ly/Ic0SV

Ancient Underwater Forest Discovered l Huffington Post http://huff.to/1JIy1Lb

Top 10 scientific mysteries for 21st century l Science News http://ow.ly/Ic13v

Federal Reserve, Central Banks, & Financial Departments

Lessons from 8 landscape-level programs aimed at protecting forests l World Bank http://wrld.bg/Iblfw

How to teach students to think critically l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1ALM3Kl

Lessons from 3 companies working with carbon pricing today l World Bank http://wrld.bg/IaSBG

Read more about the President’s proposals to cut taxes for over 44 million families l Treasury Department http://go.usa.gov/SAhR

VIDEO: What’s it like teaching financial literacy on an Indian Reservation? l Practical Money Skills http://pmsfl.us/1zFxGaW

Financial Literacy and U.S. Teens: Global Study Reveals Path for Improvement l Huffington Post http://ow.ly/Ic21P

Thank you as always for joining us on Saturday for HBCU Money™ Dozen. The 12 most important research and finance articles of the week.

HBCU Money™ Business Book Feature – Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses

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In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number of professions. And some parents begin planning for the expense of sending their kids to college when they’re born.

Almost everyone strives to go, but almost no one asks the fundamental question posed byAcademically Adrift: are undergraduates really learning anything once they get there? For a large proportion of students, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa’s answer to that question is a definitive “no.”

Their extensive research draws on survey responses, transcript data, and, for the first time, the state-of-the-art Collegiate Learning Assessment, a standardized test administered to students in their first semester and then again at the end of their second year. According to their analysis of more than 2,300 undergraduates at twenty-four institutions, forty-five percent of these students demonstrate no significant improvement in a range of skills – including critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing – during their first two years of college. As troubling as their findings are, Arum and Roksa argue that for many faculty and administrators they will come as no surprise – instead, they are the expected result of a student body distracted by socializing or working and an institutional culture that puts undergraduate learning close to the bottom of the priority list.

Academically Adrift holds sobering lessons for students, faculty, administrators, policy makers, and parents – all of whom are implicated in promoting or at least ignoring contemporary campus culture. Higher education faces crises on a number of fronts, but Arum and Roksa’s report that colleges are failing at their most basic mission will demand the attention of us all.