THE REVISED AND UPDATED BESTSELLING ANALYSIS OF HIGHER EDUCATION′S IMPACT
"In the tradition of the two previous editions, this is the quintessential resource for the current generation of scholars, graduate students, and policy makers about whether, how, and why college matters."
George D. Kuh, director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment
"Thankfully, the scholarly discourse on higher education is intentionally moving toward important questions that examine student outcomes in ways that inform pressing, but often ignored, public policy questions. This volume is an important step for affirming what we know, and identifying what we need to learn about the programs and services provided to students."
James T. Minor, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
"For the past three decades, How College Affects Students has been one of the most vital resources in higher education. This edition continues the tradition of outstanding research on the college experience. A must–read for both student affairs and higher education professionals."
Kevin Kruger, president of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
"As too much higher education rhetoric proliferates across our nation with little or no grounding in scholarship, the authors of this book have given us a gift. They offer an exemplary evidence–based synthesis of the college student experience. Whether examining student retention, persistence, attainment, earnings or quality of life outcomes, this book gives us a terrific collection of peer–reviewed studies by topical areas. The authors also do an extraordinary job to help us understand how college shapes the character, morals and values of our communities and, thus, our nation. They have clearly made the case based in scholarship that college matters now more than ever."
Martha Kanter, former United States Under Secretary for Education
List of Figures and Tables ix
About the Authors xiii
1 Studying College Outcomes in the 2000s 1
2 Development of Verbal, Quantitative, and Subject Matter Competence 23
3 Cognitive and Intellectual Development 105
4 Psychosocial Change 159
5 Attitudes and Values 249
6 Moral Development 331
7 Educational Attainment and Persistence 361
8 Career and Economic Impacts of College 421
9 Quality of Life after College 487
10 How College Affects Students 523
11 Implications for Policy, Research, and Practice 575
Methodological Appendix: Considerations for Research on College Impact 603
Name Index 729
Subject Index 753