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Faculty expectations and student reporting of time spent preparing for class

September 9, 2011 Comments off

Faculty expectations and student reporting of time spent preparing for class
Source: ESM Chaperone

Education does not occur solely in the classroom. The typical full-time undergraduate student generally spends 12 to 15 hours per week in direct (face-to-face) instruction, with the nominal expectation that they will complete 2 to 3 hours of “homework” for each hour of time spent in class. Understanding the extent to which mismatches exist between student effort to the education process and faculty expectations is important to a number of federal and state program design issues, particularly those related to academic preparedness for gainful employment and institutional quality.

We used data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) to look at the relationship between the number of hours faculty members expect (and assume) students invest in class preparation over the course of a 7-day week, and the number of hours students report spending each week.

The NSSE data show what students report that they actually did and reflect responses from approximately 191,000 first-year college students and 231,000 undergraduate seniors collected over the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years. The FSSE data reflect faculty expectations and assumptions of student preparation and are disaggregated into those who primarily teach lower-division undergraduate courses (approximately 1,450) and upper-division courses (approximately 1,850). They include responses from the 2008-09 through 2010-11 academic years. Both surveys focus on institutions awarding 4-year and post-baccalaureate degrees, and an overwhelmingly large number of the institutions participating in both surveys are not for profit.

Freshmen responses
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