In an essay titled “Is College Too Hard?” appearing in Inside Higher Ed, President David Wippman began by reviewing student stress versus workload. With co-author Cornell Professor Glenn Altschuler, he observed, “…assumptions about the relationship between workload and stress predate the pandemic by decades.”
Noting the decline in the amount of homework assigned versus the increasing level of student stress, the authors wrote, “As educators, we should be asking how much homework is too much, and whether some kinds of homework are better than others. Is homework demonstrably related to articulated learning goals? … Ultimately, we want students to set their own priorities, manage their time and engage in conversations with educational professionals about how to strike the right balance between academic work and personal well-being.”
“Is College Too Hard?” appeared in the Dec. 14 issue of Inside Higher Ed.