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College Educators Identify Major Problems Freshmen Face

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Most college faculty members believe that the new freedom students have when they enter college, combined with an increased workload and more responsibility, can adversely affect first-year students, concludes a survey.

The survey of more than 1,000 professors, instructors, and department chairpersons—conducted by the Stamford, Conn.-based Thomson Corp.—found that 78 percent of respondents believe that the heavier workload, greater responsibilities, and freedom to decide when to get their schoolwork done pose the biggest challenges to freshmen. Eighty-six percent said that developing time-management skills is the most difficult transitional change for students.

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