It is probable that many of my readers work in universities. I would like to hear from you, wherever you are in the world, about a number of matters:
1 What do you think of the quality of education in your university and in your country?
2 Which circumstances encourage or prevent your university from educating students to a high level?
3 How many of your students are able to follow “College Format”, which means that although they attend lectures they can also learn based on gathering and inferring their own information, and establishing and applying general principles rather than following checklists. They do their own reading and show autonomy in learning. Learners are expected to search for faults in what they are taught. They can deal with tasks which require the application of specialised background knowledge, dis-embedding the features of a problem from a text, and drawing high-level inferences from highly complex text with multiple distractors. For more guidance, they will be in the top 5% of the population, or better still, top 2%. http://drjamesthompson.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/the-7-tribes-of-intellect.html
4 Does your university recognise that students have different levels of ability, and factor that into exam results and student opinions about the teaching they receive?
5 Are you allowed to set demanding examinations, even if many students fail your test and some are asked to leave the university?
6 Are you allowed to give extra attention to your brightest students, including additional seminars and research work?
7 Does your university recognise that university staff have different levels of ability?
8 Do you feel able to teach about group differences in ability without negative consequences to your career?
9 Are there other aspects of university standards which are relevant to the overall quality of the education provided to students?
I am happy to receive short essays provoked by these questions, rather than just comments, though those will also be welcome. I will present each as a separate posting under University Standards. I also understand that you may wish to write to me directly, and ask for your contribution and your university not to be identified. Inventing a name for your university might help. For such matters send me an electronic mail addressed to my first name James followed by a full stop and then my surname Thompson followed by curly a and then “university college london” as initial letters only, then dot “ac” dot “uk”
That should fool everyone, shouldn’t it?