So says this USA Today article, reporting on the findings of a recent book entitled Academically Adrift. No surprise here. Some students enter college eager to study, but many others enter with scant interest in academic work. They've been lured in with easy money and the prospect of four or more years of fun -- "Beer and Circus" as Murray Sperber entitled his pithy book nearly a decade ago. For great numbers of young Americans, college is not so much higher education as it is longer education.