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ERIC Number: ED511233
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
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Leisure College, USA: The Decline in Student Study Time. Education Outlook. No. 7
Babcock, Philip; Marks, Mindy
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
In 1961, the average full-time student at a four-year college in the United States studied about twenty-four hours per week, while his modern counterpart puts in only fourteen hours per week. Students now study less than half as much as universities claim to require. This dramatic decline in study time occurred for students from all demographic subgroups, for students who worked and those who did not, within every major, and at four-year colleges of every type, degree structure, and level of selectivity. Most of the decline predates the innovations in technology that are most relevant to education and thus was not driven by such changes. The most plausible explanation for these findings, we conclude, is that standards have fallen at postsecondary institutions in the United States. (Contains 4 figures and 15 notes.)
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research. 1150 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-862-5800; Fax: 202-862-7177; Web site: http://www.aei.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; National Survey of Student Engagement