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Beverly Brown bjbrown at naz.edu
Tue Mar 7 11:38:12 EST 2000


This comment really strikes a nerve!  I have recently and repeatedly had
conversations here with faculty, some with many years under their belt.
They all note that students are more demanding and apparently feeling less
responsible for their grades.  Some have termed this a "consumer
mentality".  It is much broader than just botany, and therefore probably a
bit broad for this list.  But, it certainly is something that we have to
deal with!


Ross Koning wrote:

> Hi Monique,
> Here at ECSU, I have experienced what has seemed
> like a very sudden decline in student's impressions
> of what to do as a student. I have had to teach
> study habits as well as botany...and many don't
> appreciate being told that they have any responsibility
> in the learning process. You get buckets of attitude
> when you 'make' them do anything above the minimum.
> Some investigation turned up some local changes
> in student acceptance. In an effort to keep the
> "numbers up" the admissions staff dug deeper into
> the barrel of applicants. Applicants are ranked
> on a 1 to 10 point scale (10 as best) on a holistic
> group of criteria (not just SAT). Generally we draw
> from the 5-8 group and celebrate 9-10s who choose ECSU.
> This year we have been accepting 1-4s...OUCH! No
> wonder they seem like this...they barely made it
> through high school.
> I don't know if A&M is doing anything like this, but
> state legislatures have a lot of pressure on state
> schools here to "keep the numbers up."
> ross
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Beverly J. Brown, Ph.D.                Phone:  716-389-2555
Nazareth College of Rochester       Fax:      716-586-2452
Biology Department                      E-mail: bjbrown at naz.edu
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Rochester, NY 14618-3790


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