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Are undergrad theses getting better?

Apparently the answer is yes. Despite the cross generational prejudices… here’s some research that bucks the uninformed opinion trend.
BTW, I found out about this on Steven Bell’s excellent blog “The Kept-Up Academic Librarian“:
“College Pres Says Student Theses From 60 Years Ago Show How Students’ Research Has Improved
John Strassburger, president of Ursinus College in Collegeville, writes in this commentary that his comparison of student honors thesis papers from 60 years ago with those of students’ today indicates that contemporary students are showing far more sophisticated research, analysis, and critical thinking in their research papers. This is but one indicator, he states, that higher education is not failing today’s students. Read more at:

Posted on: August 17, 2006, 10:46 am Category: Uncategorized

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