Study: Most College Students Lack Skills - Please tell me that this isn't really news to anyone? There was once an episode of Jay Leno where he did his "Jay-walking" at a college campus, asking random, simple questions of students who were graduating. One of my favorites was "How many continents are there?", to which the student replied "I don't know, geography is not my major". Leno then asked "What is your major?", "Education" was the matter-of-fact response.
Scary? Yes. Surprising, most certainly not. Just as it is in high school, it is much too easy to "just get by" in college. I have worked with officers in the Army that graduated from West Point, supposedly one of our nation's premier educational institutions, who literally could not put on paper a sentence that obeyed the laws of the English language. Now that I am actually in college, I understand why. To many teachers simply do not care. Too many professors who are much more concerned with ranting about abortion and the war in Iraq than they are about actually teaching the subject matter at hand.
Studies like the one linked above are a joke. They tell us what we already know - that regardless of the college you went to, or the degree you obtained, you still need "real life" experience before you have any idea what you are doing. And being able to read helps, too. Or so I've been told.