College students: Not ready for life?

College students: Not ready for life?

Twenty percent of U.S. college students graduating from 4-year colleges don't have the skills to handle tasks like estimating whether their car has enough gas, or calculating the total cost of ordering office supplies, a new study has found.

 

January 23, 2006 6:43 AM PST

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The study funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts surveyed 1,827 graduating students from 80 randomly selected 2-year and 4-year schools. Pew tested students on three types of literacy, including performing basic computations; understanding documents like job applications; and comprehending news articles or instructional materials.

"The surprisingly weak quantitative literacy ability of many college graduates is troubling," Stephane Baldi, who directed the study, said in a release. "A knowledgeable workforce is vital to cope with the increasing demands of the global marketplace."

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