Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Institutional Research

Level of Academic Challenge

Challenging intellectual and creative work is central to student learning and collegiate quality. Colleges and universities promote high levels of student achievement by emphasizing the importance of academic effort and setting high expectations for student performance.

Level of Academic Challenge items

  • Preparing for class (studying, reading, writing, rehearsing, etc. related to academic program)
  • Campus environment emphasizing time studying and on academic work
  • Working harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations
  • Coursework emphasizing analysis of the basic elements of an idea, experience or theory
  • Coursework emphasizing synthesis and organizing of ideas, information or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships
  • Coursework emphasizing the making of judgments about the value of information, arguments or methods
  • Coursework emphasizing application of theories of concepts to practical problems or in new situations
  • Number of assigned textbooks, books, or book-length packs of course readings
  • Number of written papers or reports

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