A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education states the indictment:
A book released today [January 18, 2011] makes a damning indictment of the American higher-education system: For many students, it says, four years of undergraduate classes make little difference in their ability to synthesize knowledge and put complex ideas on paper.
The stark message from the authors of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses (University of Chicago Press) is that more than a third of American college seniors are no better at crucial types of writing and reasoning tasks than they were in their first semester of college.
If this is true, it strikes me as good news for serious philosophy departments, which demand such abilities of their students. It might also help explain the career successes of philosophy majors that we discussed previously both here and here.