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The Undergraduate Experience in America

From College: The Undergraduate Experience in America by Ernest L. Boyer, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

"Today's undergraduates are products of a society in which the call for individual gratification booms forth on every side while the claims of community are weak.

"But this is not the whole story. The picture is more mixed. While students are pulled by demands of a career and private concerns, they also spoke ... with deep feeling, about the need to put their own lives in perspective. We found a longing among undergraduates for a more coherent view of knowledge and, in quiet moments, they wondered aloud whether getting a job and getting ahead would be sufficiently fulfilling.

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