Article Examining “Academic Entitlement” Is April’s College Publication Highlight

Apr 04, 2013

An article that examines how student consumerism is changing the classroom dynamic in pharmacy education has been selected as the UK College of Pharmacy Publication Highlight for April.

“Academic Entitlement in Pharmacy Education,” co-authored by Drs. Jeff Cain, Frank Romanelli and Kelly Smith in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science, was published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE). It is currently the most downloaded article on AJPE’s site.

The article analyzes how “students’ attitudes toward education as a commodity and the underlying belief that as consumers, they should be catered to and given the opportunity to participate in the education process according to their preferences. Most discussions regarding these attitudes are anecdotal, but the pervasiveness of these accounts and the troubling effects that ensue warrant attention. Grade inflation, student incivility, altered classroom practices, and decreased faculty morale are all potential aftereffects of teaching students who hold academic entitlement beliefs.”

“This is a must-read publication for any pharmacy professor,” said Linda Dwoskin, Associate Dean for Research for the UK College of Pharmacy. “Drs. Cain, Romanelli and Smith have helped define changes many of us have observed in the classrooms over the years in a unique and insightful manner, and the publication confirms for us that these are not isolated incidences. In addition, the piece offers some good advice for helping us to improve our classroom skills.”

Numerous factors are theorized as attributing to academic entitlement including personal issues, societal pressures, and broad academic practices. This paper discusses these factors and offers faculty members and administrators recommendations regarding practices that may curb or alleviate issues associated with academically entitled students.

“All three of us have received notes of praise from numerous colleagues across the country regarding this piece,” said Kelly Smith, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. “That has been both a pleasant surprise and confirmation that our work was, indeed, meritorious.”

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