Ontario freshmen less mature, Wikipedia-reliant

April 6, 2009

According to a new survey from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, 55% of professors and librarians in the province believe first-year students are less prepared for university education than students were just 3 years ago. Respondents also reported that today's first-year students have a lower level of maturity, an inability to learn independently, and a lack of required writing, mathematical, and critical thinking skills. Professors also feel these students have poor research skills due to heavy reliance on sites like Wikipedia, and that they expect success without the necessary effort. OCUFA News Release | Toronto Star | CTV | Read the survey