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on December 27, 2011
Lowering Higher Education provides a Canadian variation on the ubiquitous theme of declining quality of university education. Authors Coté and Allahar, professors at the University of Western Ontario, perform some very interesting analysis using data from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to determine whether disengagement is by necessity or by choice. While I think there are some basic flaws in their argument (engagement is solely defined as the amount of time spent studying and preparing for class -- a limited view IMHO), they do a great job of debunking some very common myths about what is absorbing students' time. And they come back to the central thesis: time isn't the problem. Institutional culture is. Full review on the CACUSS Reads blog:
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