“Is This Class Hard?” Defining and Analyzing Academic Rigor from a Learner’s Perspective

– CBE Life Sciences

Despite its value in higher education, academic rigor is a challenging construct to define for instructor and students alike. How do students perceive academic rigor in their biology course work? Using qualitative surveys, students were asked to identify “easy” or “hard” courses and define which aspects of these learning experiences contributed to their perceptions of academic rigor.