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NSSE Associate Director, Jillian Kinzie, was interviewed on NBC’s Nightly News to respond to an article in the Washington Post (May 21, 2012) on research that has shown a decrease over the past 50 years in the amount of time college students study. This decline has sparked debate over whether students are learning what they need to as tuition costs rise. Kinzie noted that study time is “an overly simplistic measure” to conclude the college is “easy”, but that the time students put into their education is a good estimate of what they get out of it. Students from a number of campuses supported this position and also explained that they study more effectively now because technology has streamlined the study process by making information more readily accessible online, thereby requiring less time reading and writing in the library.
California State University Northridge Vice-Provost Cynthia Rawitch also noted that a major factor in the decline of time studying is that more students are working, often full-time, and overall have greater demands on their time. More information about recent NSSE results showing that on average, full-time college students study 15 hours a week, but with variations by academic major, are available in NSSE's Annual Results 2011.
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