What We’re Learning: Life after College


Are college graduates getting value for their money? And are colleges responsibly preparing students for smooth transitions into adulthood? These are among the issues addressed in Aspiring Adults Adrift: Tentative Transitions of College Graduates. The book’s authors, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, discuss their research findings in a recent article published byThe Conversation. They conclude that “colleges are too often failing to impart students with critical thinking, problem solving, and written communication skills that are important to their success in the labor market.” The research, supported by Carnegie Corporation, tracked nearly 1,000 graduates from the class of 2009 as they transitioned from a range of four-year institutions into life after college.

The book is a follow-up to Arum and Roksa’s 2011 landmark study of undergraduates’ learning, socialization, and study habits, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses.

Read the article by Arum and Roksa and learn more about their most recent book.