Community College Survey of Student
Engagement (CCSSE). (2008). High Expectations and High Support.
Austin, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Community
College Leadership Program.

According to the most recent CCSSE survey, 67% of full-time community college students spend 10 hours or less a week preparing for class (that’s class in general, not one specific class). At my college, 12 credits is full time and that is 3-4 courses. So, according to the CCSSE results, if we’re lucky, we get 3 hours per week out of each student on each course. However, in my book, twelve credits should result in 12-24 hours of study time outside of class.

This leads me to several possible conclusions. First, this could explain why we have such dismal success rates with developmental courses (there is almost no work being done outside of class). Second, this could explain why my calculus students always complain about the “hours and hours” of homework they do every week for my class. Third, if the majority of students are passing the majority of their classes, while doing this little work outside of class, maybe we should not be passing as many students as we do?

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