One of the few online Newsletters that I look forward to getting each month is the Ivy Jungle Network's: Campus Ministry Update. It is always interesting, informative, and relevant to those of us that work with this age-group. The latest edition just came out; usually I just link it without much comment, but because there are always some very interesting things that I think deserve more than just a “notice,” I've decided to change my approach. Throughout this week I will highlight some of the reports they mention, and give some little personal perspective as well - my comments will be in the light blue font.
Today . . . . Day 4, enjoy!
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Campus Ministry Update
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Trends in Campus Ministry, Culture and Higher Education:
The power of friends . . . be careful: "Their study also found that peer-driven students earned less money, expressed less job satisfaction, and encountered more problems after graduation."
Major Lemmings? Among college students, peer pressure generally refers to decisions regarding sex, drugs, and drinking. However, a group of international researchers have concluded that one's friends can have a significant impact on the choice of a major as well. Their article, "Be as Careful of the Company You keep as of the Books Your Read: Peer Effects in Education and on the Labor Market," finds clear evidence that students will follow friends into majors, even when their performance indicates the field is not well suited for them. Their study also found that peer-driven students earned less money, expressed less job satisfaction, and encountered more problems after graduation. (Inside Higher Ed May 14, 2009)
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