Okay, the complaining is done. Now I want to say that despite how much I have been dreading today's six-hour teaching effectiveness workshop since in the past they have been irrelevant (and because of the first year I was still recovering from a week-long hangover), I was very impressed with this year's speaker. I have to look up her name, she is the dean of students somewhere in Delaware. But it was about "Understanding the Students We Serve" and she was really funny.
I was very impressed with some of the statistics. Here are some examples:
- 34% of students say a parent is his/her best friend
- The call their parents 10x per week on their cell phones
- 48% of high school graduates have an A average, but SAT scores are dropping
- Only 18% reported having looked up scientific articles and resources in high school (and the number would surely be lower if this weren't self-reported).
- 32% of incoming students spent 3-10 hours "partying" per week on average, 8% 11-20 hours.
- 68% of incoming students believe they are in the top 10% of their class academically (this fits with nation-wide trends and is a precious statistic).
- 72% of incoming freshmen expect to get an advanced degree, including 22% expecting to get a Ph. D.
- And incoming freshmen claim to be concerned about the environment. 85% believe the government is not doing enough to control pollution (but you should see how many plastic water bottles are in the campus trash!).
Of course there were other interesting parts of the talk, but these statistics were the highlight. We have been promised to be given more of this data soon.