According to annual survey of 200,000 college freshman, their emotional state in 2010 was at its lowest point in the survey’s 25 years of data collection. Among the survey’s findings, as reported by the linked article from The New York Times:
- 52% of students said their emotional health was above average, compared to 64% in 1985, and the percentage of those reporting below average emotional health increased
- Women surveyed always report “less positive view[s] of their emotional health than men,” and the gap was greatest in 2010
- Sources of stress include their parents’ financial difficulties, the students’ uncertainty about their own economic futures, and self-generated pressure to excel
- A record 75% of 2010 freshman reported themselves to be academically above-average
School of Management students continue to complain about grade deflation, even though our mean GPA’s have risen dramatically over the past five years. Since the majority perceive themselves to be above average–the Lake Wobegon Effect–it’s no wonder their grading perspective is skewed.
One of my responses to this survey is appreciation for the challenges faced by undergraduate academic counselors.