Students are finding it harder and harder to keep up with the growing work load of their classes!
After speaking with several students on campus, it has been interesting to find that the workload of classes has been steadily increasing. Students are bewildered by the escalating demand of outside work, versus the demand of work inside the classroom. Some students, such as Eric Harington, even went as far as saying, “It used to be that sixty-five percent of the work and experience was dealt with in the classroom, and the other thirty-five percent was done outside of the class. Now, I feel like we do seventy-five percent of the work outside of class, and twenty-five percent in.” Eric is a non-traditional student at UW-Parkside.
Other students agree with this claim. However, there are those who disagree entirely. For example, students like Laura Kang, a communications major at UW-Parkside, and Alecia Annachino, a double Major at UW-Parkside, feel that real world experience is key to a person’s education. As a result, there is a common consensus among many students that seventy-five percent of the work should be done outside of class.
In any case, what are the reasons for the seemingly massive increase in the workload? Some would say it has always been this way, but a few pieces of conclusive evidence include professors facing pay deductions, and the university facing financial and fiscal budget cuts. Given our current political situation, professors across the state are being faced with the dilemma of having to teach more classes, with less pay. Because professors across campus are being charged with more and more duties, their time for class work is depleting, along with the time of the normal class period. As a result, the student’s learning has to be compensated in some sort of fashion. The only logical option is out-of-class learning–thus, the extra workload.
Among the many explanations and reasons for the extra workload, there are reasons and explanations of why it is so important to be a good student, and this is one of them. “The extra workload,” as Annachino explains, “allows us to practice our time management skills, and gets us ready for our real-world experiences, especially within the job market realm.”
Article by Bobby Johnson