Level of Academic Challenge Benchmark Items

Level of Academic Challenge Benchmark Items

  • Number of assigned textbooks, books or book-length packs of course readings 
  • Number of written papers or reports of 20 pages or more 
  • Number of written papers or reports of between 5 and 19 pages 
  • Number of written papers or reports of fewer than 5 pages 
  • Coursework emphasizes: Analyzing the basic elements of an idea, experience or theory 
  • Coursework emphasizes: Synthesizing and organizing ideas, information or experiences into new, more complex interpretations and relationships 
  • Coursework emphasizes: Making judgments about the value of information, arguments or methods 
  • Coursework emphasizes: Applying theories or concepts to practical problems or in new situations 
  • Worked harder than you thought you could to meet an instructor's standards or expectations 
  • Campus environment emphasizes spending significant amounts of time studying and on academic work 
  • Prepared for class 21 or more hours per week