I have been reading a bit lately about how little college students are learning, preparing for class, and being held accountable for their education (e.e, too easily passed).
In fact a study of 3000 full-time traditional age college students at 29 different universities and drew some interesting conclusions.
"After two years in college, 45% of students showed no significant gains in learning; after four years, 36% showed little change.
Students also spent 50% less time studying compared with students a few decades ago, the research shows."
A breakdown of the "average" day (chart in first article_they did average week and I rounded the numbers for ease of reading)
12 hours recreating/socializing
6 hours sleeping
2.5 hours at work
2.5 hours at class
1 hour of studying
I am sure there are some issues with their findings but I find the break down of time usage particularly interesting because it seems to support what I have read many espouse on this site, that the college experience has little to do with your education.
I am curious, for current and newly graduated individuals - does this seem generally right?
For the less recently graduated, does this seem different from your experience?
In my case I do not remember how much time I spent doing what exactly, but I know I slept a lot more, I recreated a lot less, and I must have taken many more credits to have only spent that little amount of time in class daily. Pretty sure I spent more time studying, and I would not count myself as a big studier - more of a minimalist when it concerned learning the material (not in what is the minimum I can do to pass).
The context of my curiosity is that I am a university professor and am well aware of the back and forth of what 'no one is learning anything in college'. I am more interested in what are current student expectations and what can be done to engage the student more/raise their expectations of both the class and themselves as a student.
Exaggerated cliff notes:
According to reports, half of college students are lazy and their education sucks.