‘Connected Courses’ Presents Sept. 19 Chat with Authors of ‘Academically Adrift’

Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors of “Academically Adrift” and “Aspiring Adults Adrift,” will discuss their books and research during a Sept. 19 online chat with host Mimi Ito.

The chat is part of the free online course, “Connected Courses,” which is being taught by open-learning pioneers who developed the curriculum for fellow college and university professors to learn to teach their own open courses.


Sept. 19, 11 a.m. PDT/1 p.m. CST/2 p.m.EDT, http://connectedcourses.net/event/blogside-chat-with-richard-arum-and-josipa-roska-authors-of-academically-adrift-and-aspiring-adults-adrift/?instance_id=46

Viewers are welcome to post questions and comments via Twitter using the hashtag, #CCourses.


The chat features Richard Arum, professor of sociology and education at New York University, and Josipa Roksa, associate professor of sociology and education at University of Virginia.

Interviewing them will be Mimi Ito, research director of the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub, chair of the Connected Learning Research Network and professor in residence and MacArthur Foundation chair in Digital Media and Learning at UC Irvine.


In their 2011 book, “Academically Adrift,” Arum and Roksa describe the sobering reality that 45% of college students demonstrate very little learning during their first two years of college.

“They outline a shifting culture of higher education that increasingly prioritizes social and recreational campus life at the expense of academics and developing critical thinking, writing, and reasoning skills,” Ito said. “Just released, ‘Aspiring Adults Adrift’ reports on this same cohort of students as they entered the job market during the great recession. This new book paints a complex portrait of young people as they reflect on their lives and college experiences, analyzing the kinds of capacities they need to develop in order to thrive as adults.”

During the interview, Arum and Roksa will discuss the implications of their research for “our responsibilities as higher education faculty members and the purpose of our courses,” Ito said.

More Information:

Connected Courses is a free online course. It is supported by the University of California Humanities Research InstituteDigital Media and Learning Research Hub and MacArthur Foundation, and runs through Dec. 14. For lessons, instructor bios and more details, visit connectedcourses.net. Other Connected Courses webinars include:

Media Contact:

Mimi Ko Cruz, 949-824-4587


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Banner photos, from left: Mimi Ito, Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa