Level of Academic Challenge Benchmark 2011



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Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Colleges and universities promote high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance.

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NSSE Questions Used to Calculate Benchmark Score:

  • Preparing for class (studying, reading, writing, doing homework or lab work, etc. related to academic program)
  • Number of assigned textbooks, books, or book-length packs of course readings
  • Number of written papers or reports of 20 pages or more;  number of written papers or reports of between 5 and 19 pages; and number of written papers or reports of fewer than 5 pages
  • Coursework emphasizes: Analysis of the basic elements of an idea, experience or theory
  • Coursework emphasizes: Synthesis and organizing of ideas, information, or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships
  • Coursework emphasizes: Making of judgments about the value of information, arguments, or methods
  • Coursework emphasizes: Applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations
  • Working harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations
  • Campus environment emphasizes: Spending significant amount of time studying and on academic work.





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