Five colleges where students study

A story in today’s Post talks about a generational decline in study time, the number of weekly hours college students devote to actual study, the Washington Post reports. Since the 1960s, the weekly total has dipped from 24 to about 15. College has become, in effect, a part-time job. Students say they are more efficient than before, and adults say they are busier – – distracted by work, dependent care and long commutes. Researchers who track study time say those things account for only part of the decline. Even at the nation’s most selective schools, where few such distractions exist, the average student logs only about 18 hours in weekly study. Here are five schools – – not all elite, and not all private – – where students spent 18 hours or more in weekly study. That means the schools, two of which are in Virginia, are probably among the top 10 percent of colleges nationally in weekly study time, as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement, the source of the study-time data…

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