Students’ Sense of Entitlement

An article about contemporary students’ sense of entitlement is all over the Canadian papers today. It cites a UC Irvine study published in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. The article discusses how entitled today’s students feel. Here are some stats from the article:

The study asked approximately 400 undergraduates aged 18 to 25 whether they agreed with these statements:

If I have explained to my professor that I am trying hard, I think he/she should give me some consideration with respect to my course grade – 66.2 per cent agree
If I have completed most of the reading for a class, I deserve a B in that course – 40.7 per cent
If I have attended most of the classes for a course, I deserve at least a grade of B – 34.1 per cent
Teachers often give me lower grades than I deserve on paper assignments
– 31.5 per cent
Professors who won’t let me take my exams at another time because of my personal plans (e.g. a vacation) are too strict – 29.9 per cent
A professor should be willing to lend me his/her course notes if I
ask for them – 24.8 per cent
I would think poorly of a professor who didn’t respond the same day to an e-mail I sent – 23.5 per cent
Professors have no right to be annoyed with me if I tend to come late to class or tend to leave early – 16.8 per cent
A professor should not be annoyed with me if I receive an important call during class – 16.5 per cent
A professor should be willing to meet with me at a time that works best for me, even if inconvenient for the professor – 11.2 per cent

These sentiments drive me crazy!

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  2 comments for “Students’ Sense of Entitlement

  1. Sandy
    November 14, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    ewww, see, this is what is wrong with America. No respect. Even if you do not like your professor, you still show them respect because of their position. School is a job and the professor is the boss. Give them respect and they’ll give it back in return….

    I can understand why you get so frustrated with students….special bunch.

  2. Anonymous
    November 28, 2008 at 2:21 am

    WOW.. and these are the students willing to baldy admit to such things on a questionnaire.


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