Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student 1st Edition, Kindle Edition

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Key Findings by Arthur Levine, author of Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today's College Student

    On the Recession
  • 48% of campuses report increases in the number of students temporarily dropping out for financial reasons
  • 67% report students are working longer hours for financial reasons
  • 48% report increases in the number of students living at home for financial reasons
  • 36% report students are taking fewer credits for financial reasons
  • 62% of college students say the recession affected where they went to college
  • 67% say the chief benefit of college is increased earning power versus 44% in 1976

    On Academics
  • 41% of undergraduates have average grades of A- or higher, versus 7% in 1969
  • 9% have grades of C or less versus 25% in 1969
  • 45% have taken remedial courses
  • 60% say their grades understate the true quality of their work

    On Sex and Dating
  • 47% of undergraduates say they have had a "hook up" or casual sex by the time they graduate
  • 70% of sexually active students report one partner in the past year (17% report three or more partners)
  • 39% of sexually active undergraduates report never or rarely using a condom
  • 37% of four-year colleges report increased interracial dating
  • 55% have experienced increases in Internet or e-mail stalking or harassment
  • 41% have experienced increases in cell-phone stalking or harassment

    On Social Media
  • On average, undergraduates have 241 social media friends (overwhelmingly on Facebook)
  • 45% of undergraduates trust the people they meet on Facebook
  • 74% would comfortable with their parents seeing their Facebook page
  • 62% would be comfortable with an employer seeing their Facebook page
  • A plurality say the establishment of the World Wide Web is the key event in their lives, versus the 29% who cite the September 11 attack and its aftermath

    On Parents
  • 41% of undergraduates text, email, call or visit their parents at least daily (19% three times a day or more)
  • 27% of undergraduates asked parents to intervene in problems with professors or employers
  • 76% of colleges and universities report increases in parent involvement and intervention

    On Politics and Activism
  • 68% of students are not politically active or engaged
  • 83% believe meaningful social change cannot be achieved through the traditional American politics
  • 65% were engaged in service activities in the past 12 months

    On the Future
  • 89% of undergraduates are optimistic about their personal futures
  • 35% are optimistic about the future of the country
  • 73% expect to be at least as well off as their parents
  • 79% do not expect social security to be available when they retire

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.


“Over the last four decades, Arthur Levine has become the premier analyst of continuities and changes in the American college student population. In this impressive and comprehensive volume, Levine and coauthor Diane Dean provide an authoritative and richly textured picture of the much-discussed current generation.” —Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

“Arthur Levine and Diane R. Dean take the long view of today’s generation of college students. This is a brilliant examination of what has shaped our young people, what they are doing with the tools they have, and where they are headed. It is a diagnosis of what ails them, a celebration of their strengths, and a compelling and generous prescription for their future—and ours.” —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

“Through this captivating portrait of the aspirations, values, and unique needs of today’s college students, Levine and Dean’s clearly written and engaging book ought to generate a national discussion of how higher education can be restructured in order to respond to and prepare the next generation of college-educated adults—not only for effective functioning in the workplace, but also to live lives as whole human beings who can help to lead our society to a healthier place.” —Alexander W. Astin and Helen S. Astin, distinguished professors of higher education emeriti, UCLA, and authors, Cultivating the Spirit: How Higher Education can Enhance Students’ Inner Lives

“I can’t say enough about how important this work is. This book is right on the mark for what needs to be known and understood about today’s college students by those who are responsible for educating the future leaders and citizens of the world.” —Gwen Dungy, Executive Director, Emeritus, NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Student is a must-read for college presidents, administrators, and professors as well as parents, employers, and government leaders—who all have a stake in student success. Understanding who today’s college students are is essential as we collaboratively develop and deliver the education that will prepare this generation to build our future.” —Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York
--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B008NPSNHQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (July 19, 2012)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 19, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4204 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 246 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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