Sunday, March 8, 2015

Not a lot of “tools” on campus these days….

I confess that I went to college so long ago that I was called a “tool” by my fellow students, and, truth is, it wasn’t a particularly opprobrious observation, at the time….

I burned the midnight oil, reading, studying, turning in all the assignments on time, prepping for the exams.

Most of the students I knew put some decent hours in, hitting the books to prepare for class and do the assignments. Here’s a little kicker: our standard course load was 5 courses per semester, 40 courses to complete the requirements for a B.A. or B.S.

A new study reported by reconfirms what everybody knows: college students today aren’t working as hard as their parents and grandparents did.

In the 1960s the average full-time collegian was in class at least 15 hours a week, and spent about 25 hours studying and doing homework.

Research in recent years indicates that students are spending about the same amount of time in class—actually, I question this finding, based on my recent personal experience on campus and the current 32-course regimen—but are putting in only about 12 hours doing out-of-class work.

Something besides study hours has been squeezed.

Current learning outcomes reflect the reduced input from our young scholars.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015

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