Forum Theme 1
Academic rigor is a topic that elicits some rather strong feelings. I've heard students complain that the courses they are taking are too easy and that we don't demand enough of them. Those students want more rigor in their courses. I've heard faculty complain that students are poorly prepared, have distressingly short attention-spans, and seem to be more interested in parties than in studying. Those faculty don't think that students want or will tolerate increased academic rigor. I've heard parents demand that we refund their money for a course because their child didn't really learn anything and that faculty are anything but rigorous in the classroom. I have also listened to all manner of views and opinions across the spectrum on this topic. So, a discussion, or a series of discussions, around this topic of "academic rigor" is certain to be interesting, perhaps contentious and, hopefully, helpful and illuminating. It would be especially helpful if any insights generated by the discussions could be used to actually improve what we do as teacher/scholars.
©2005 James Lubker
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"Academic Rigor: An Explanation or an Apology?,"
UNIversitas: Journal of Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity: Vol. 1:
1, Article 15.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/universitas/vol1/iss1/15