I began this morning like I have every morning so far this year, tearing away a page to reveal the current date on the 2011 "page a day" calendar of the Stupidest Things Ever Said that I received for Christmas. I was surprised to see that today's entry focuses on higher education. Specifically, the entry features actual college course names/descriptions at three well-known American universities. Here they are:
From Indiana University:
"Art & Science of Beer: We will explore the place of beer in ancient as well as modern life, and the role beer has played in important achievements in microbiology, biotechnology, and physics."From Duke University:
"Campus Culture and Drinking: The cultural understandings that motivate and shape undergraduate drinking.From Oklahoma State University:
"International Beverage Education: The history of beverages such as wine, distilled spirits, and beers. Prerequisite: Must be 21 years of age."Coincidentally, a new book by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses, was just released by the University of Chicago Press. In it, Arum and Roksa provide strong evidence that little learning actually occurs on college campuses. One wonders why this might be the case.