A new sketch of college freshmen

This year’s college freshmen reported spending less time studying and more time on computers in their senior year of high school than any previous entering class, says the latest annual survey of first-year college students. [USA Today: Nation]

“Typing a topic into a (search engine) is certainly faster than physically looking for something in a research library,” says Hilary Lieberman Link, first-year class dean at Barnard College in New York City. But “what we all wish to avoid is students doing all research through the Web and losing the art of true research.”

Pat Oles, dean of students at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., agrees, adding that books often lose out to computers when high-schoolers have the choice.

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