Today’s college students are our nation’s future leaders–from the local school board to the President of the United States. America’s universities and colleges graduate millions of well-educated students prepared to be leaders of tomorrow…or do they? In the largest survey of college student learning ever conducted, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) uncovers the truth behind what our students are learning, or not learning, about America’s history and institutions.

More than 14,000 students at 50 U.S. colleges and universities–including some of America’s most elite schools, such as Brown University, Georgetown University and Yale University–participated in the three-year study conducted by the University of Connecticut’s Depar™ent of Public Policy (UConnDPP). Sample findings:

*Less than half of seniors surveyed recognized the phrase “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…” as originating from the Declaration of Independence.

*Roughly 80% of college seniors were unaware that the federal government’s largest pay out is for social security.

*More than half of the seniors did not recognize that the Bill of Rights prohibits “establishing an official religion for the United States” (36 percent thought it prohibited “discrimination based on race, sex, and religion”). WHAT: News Conference and Luncheon Intercollegiate Studies Institute National Civic Literacy Board announces full results of a three-year study of what Brown University, Georgetown University, Yale University and American college students know and learn about America’s history, government and market economy.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Media Registration: 11:45 a.m. News Conference–Noon sharp

WHERE: National Press Club (First Amendment Lounge, 13th Floor) 529 14th St. NW Washington, D.C.

WHO: Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Josiah Bunting III, Chairman, ISI’s National Civic Literacy Board Hon. Eugene W. Hickok, Member, ISI’s National Civic Literacy Board and former Deputy Secretary of Education T. Kenneth Cribb, Jr., President of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and former Assistant to the President for Domestic Affairs in the Reagan Administration.

MEDIA Advance registration and press credentials required to attend news conference. NOTE: One-on-one interviews available by request.


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