Habits of Mind: Lessons for the Long Term

With the growing emphasis on job-related skills, some professors argue, the cultivation of important intellectual traits is getting short shrift

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David Zentz for The Chronicle

More professors are seeing intellectual virtues as something to be taught directly, not just hoped for as a side effect of higher education.

Many education experts who seek to define the value of a college degree seize on metrics that can be quantified in the short term.

Some look at levels of student engagement, while others calculate gains on standardized tests of critical-thinking skills. Still others have started analyzing the salaries that recent graduates earn.

A different sort of approach, quietly gaining steam, takes a longer—and