A recent study by University of California, Irvine professor Ellen Greenberger shows that some "academically entitled" students expect good grades for modest effort and have demanding attitudes toward teachers.
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% agree
- If I have completed most of the reading for a class, I deserve a B in that course -- 40.7%
- If I have attended most of the classes for a course, I deserve at least a grade of B -- 34.1%
- Teachers often give me lower grades than I deserve on paper assignments -- 31.5%
- 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%
- A professor should be willing to lend me his/her course notes if I ask for them - 24.8%
- I would think poorly of a professor who didn't respond the same day to an e-mail I sent - 23.5%
- Professors have no right to be annoyed with me if I tend to come late to class or tend to leave early - 16.8%
- A professor should not be annoyed with me if I receive an important call during class - 16.5%
- 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%
The study found that students who say their parents often compare their achievements to siblings, cousins or friends are more likely to engage in these behaviors, but found no connection between self-entitled attitudes and grades.
If you are a student, do you agree with the above statements? Would other students you know agree with them?