December 16, 2005

Harts and courses

There's a brouhaha some folks like Inside Higher Ed and Erin O'Connor (in her role as ACTA blogger) are brewing from the recent release of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy, about the supposedly declining literacy of college graduates. I haven't explored the details, but I know from past panel assessments that public releases are spun heavily, and there are usually lots of complexities involved, from the meaning of ordinal thresholds to the sampling to profiles by age, which is something pretty important for an adolescent-and-up survey.

So even though I suspect O'Connor and I would agree that colleges should fund English departments properly instead of seeing them as cash cows or service departments (get yer comp class and lube change in less than 30 minutes!), I'm a little cautious about brandishing brutality in the brewing brouhaha.

But if someone knows more about the details of the results, please enlighten me!

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Posted in Education policy on December 16, 2005 5:38 PM |