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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2015
In this article we describe models of academic rigor from the student point of view. Drawing on a campus-wide survey, focus groups, and interviews with students, we found that students explained academic rigor in terms of workload, grading standards, level of difficulty, level of interest, and perceived relevance to future goals. These findings…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Attitudes, Difficulty Level, Academic Standards
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Draeger, John; del Prado Hill, Pixita; Hunter, Lisa R.; Mahler, Ronnie – Innovative Higher Education, 2013
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) draws from student feedback to gauge the level of academic challenge at particular institutions (Kuh 2009). Inspired by attempts to understand the implications of NSSE data on other campuses (Payne et al. 2005), a cross-disciplinary research group at our institution developed a multidimensional…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Learner Engagement, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models