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Beyond “Pure” Mental Models of College: Parallel Versus Intertwined

by Jeffrey Robinson How do students view the purpose of college? What do they value—the piece of paper they receive at the end, the courses that they take, the social and extracurricular opportunities, or the overall experience? In our large national study of higher education, we have interviewed more than 1,000 students who come from […]

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The Method in Our Madness: Data Collection and Analysis for Our Study of Higher Education, Part III

by Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner When hearing about our ambitious national study of higher education (click here for more information), colleagues often ask us how we went about carrying out the study and how we will analyze the various kinds of data and draw conclusions. At first blush, the decision to carry out approximately 2000 […]

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The Method in Our Madness: Data Collection and Analysis for Our Study of Higher Education, Part II

by Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner When hearing about our ambitious national study of higher education (click here for more information), colleagues often ask us how we went about carrying out the study and how we will analyze the various kinds of data and draw conclusions. At first blush, the decision to carry out approximately 2000 […]

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The Method in our Madness: Data Collection and Analysis for Our Study of Higher Education, Part I

by Wendy Fischman and Howard Gardner When hearing about our ambitious national study of higher education (click here for more information), colleagues often ask us how we went about carrying out the study and how we will analyze the various kinds of data and draw conclusions. At first blush, the decision to carry out approximately […]

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Should We Require All Students to Take Philosophy?

In July 2018, I published an essay in The Chronicle of Higher Education titled “Why We Should Require All Students to Take 2 Philosophy Courses,” in which I contended that all college students should be required to take two courses in philosophy—one during their freshman year, the second during their last year of college. This requirement would […]

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