What do university students learn?

G. D. Kuh, B. K. Bridges

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This article summarizes some of the more important investigations into the impact of postsecondary education on desired learning and personal outcomes. On average, a wide range of benefits are associated with postsecondary education for everyone - men and women, students from various racial and ethnic backgrounds, residential and commuter students at 2- and 4-year colleges, and so forth. These effects are cumulative and mutually shaping, with cognitive growth influenced by a variety of experiences and conditions on a campus, particularly when out-of-class climates and experiences complement and encourage students to integrate what they learn in class with their lives outside the classroom.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Education
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780080448947
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive complexity
  • College impact
  • College outcomes
  • Humanitarianism
  • Institutional conditions
  • Interpersonal competence
  • Knowledge acquisition
  • Personal development
  • Postsecondary education
  • Practical competence
  • Student development
  • Student learning
  • University students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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