I just saw this article in The Chroncle of Higher Ed about the recently published book, Academically Adrift, which paints a rather depressing picture of the critical thinking skills of college grads. This paragraph caught my eye:
While these students may have developed subject-specific skills that were not tested for by the CLA, in terms of general analytical competencies assessed, large numbers of U.S. college students can be accurately described as academically adrift. They might graduate, but they are failing to develop the higher-order cognitive skills that it is widely assumed college students should master. These findings are sobering and should be a cause for concern.
The rest of the article is here, but it seems like a strong indictment of the current state of higher education.