A 5th of Students Are Unhappy With Their Course
Surprisingly, studies are showing that up to one-fifth of students are unhappy with their college courses and career path. It’s not because they aren’t doing what they love, but because they’re finding that many of their courses are poorly organized and don’t offer them what they actually wanted or expected. They don’t feel as though they get good feedback, and they have trouble getting an answer from their instructor when they need to make a decision about something that pertains to their course. With that in mind, students and educators are wondering what can be done to make everyone happier. It also seems as though what college they attend has a lot to do with whether students are happy or unhappy with their courses. That’s important, because it can show a serious disparity between certain types of colleges and certain types of instructors, possibly helping to pinpoint what kinds of problems are seen and how they can be corrected.
nThese students who are dissatisfied and unhappy don’t expect everything to be perfect, and there’s no indication that they are asking too much from their instructors or their courses. Instead, they just want to be able to communicate and get answers when they have questions, and they are finding it difficult to do that.
nThe smaller colleges that are geared toward specific things such as art or science generally have more students who are happier with what they’re getting from their instructors. The students who are in medical schools rank their instructors and their experiences highly, as well. When students go to more standard colleges, though, they see that they aren’t getting the kind of interaction that they feel they need to be successful, and that can put a serious damper on their desire to go further, to continue working on their degree program, and to continue down a particular career path. With students who enjoy the interaction with their teachers and the other students, though, there is a good chance that they will be more satisfied and that they will be more concerned with how they are doing and what they can do to improve. That will make them better at their jobs in the future, as well as making them better students while they’re in school. They’ll learn traits that they would not otherwise have acquired, and they’ll be better at working with others because they will have had more of a chance to do so.
Posted Date: 2009-09-08 00:14:07