College freshman, who are learning less than ever, are more stressed than ever?

January 26th, 2011

Last week I read that “nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates show almost no gains in learning in their first two years of college, in large part because colleges don’t make academics a priority.” Students spend 51% of their time socializing, 24% of their time sleeping, and only 7% of their time studying.

Yet, today I read in the New York Times that “the emotional health of college freshmen — who feel buffeted by the recession and stressed by the pressures of high school — has declined to the lowest level since an annual survey of incoming students started collecting data 25 years ago.”

So let me get this straight–students who party 8 times as much as they study are more stressed than ever? Huh?