Archive for February, 2010

CITL Answers – February 2010

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Question: Are Emerson’s curricula academically challenging when compared to peer institutions?

CITL’s Answer: Yours is an important question, but it is not easily answered.  The research on academic challenge (also referred to as academic rigor) indicates that the concept is rarely defined.  When it is, the definitions are so conceptualized that any comparisons are invalid.  Because other faculty have asked a similar question and Emerson has not adopted a definition of academic challenge, the CITL is undertaking a study to compare student and faculty perspective about the concept.  The findings may be used to guide grading practices and curricular developments.  If you are faculty and would like to participate in the study, you can complete a very brief questionnaire.  (You are welcome to encourage your students to participate, in our student survey.) Contact Karen St. Clair with questions about the study.