Teacher/ Student Contact – In high school, contact is closer & more frequent (5 days/week). In college, faculty are available during office hours (only a few hours a week) and by appointment to address students’ concerns.
Competition/ Grades – In high school, academic competition is not as strong; good grades can often be obtained with minimum effort. In college, academic competition is much stronger; minimum effort may produce poor grades.
Status – In high school, students establish a personal status in academic and social activities based on family and community factors. In college, students can build their status as they wish; high school status can be repeated or changed.
Counseling/ Dependence – In high school, students can rely on parents, teachers, and counselors to help make decisions and give good advice. Students must abide by their parents’ boundaries and restrictions. In college, students rely on themselves; they see the results of making their own decisions. It is their responsibility to seek advice as needed. Students set their own restrictions.
Motivation – In high school, students get motivation to achieve or participate from parents, teachers, and counselors. In college, students apply their own motivation to their work and activities as they wish.
Freedom – In high school, students have limited freedom. Parents will often help students out of a crisis should one arise. In college, students have much more freedom. Students must accept responsibility for their own actions.
Distractions – In high school, there are distractions from school, but these are partially controlled by school and home. In college, the opportunity for more distractions exists. Time management will become more important for students.
Value Judgments – In high school, students often make value judgments based on parental values; thus, many of their value judgments are made for them. In college, students have the opportunity to see the world through their own eyes and develop their own opinions and values.
Assistance for Students with Disabilities – In high school, students with IEPs or 504 Plans receive tutoring and study support as a service of their Plan. In college, tutoring DOES NOT fall under Disability Support Services and modifications/ accommodations are NOT transferred from the high school to college. Students with disabilities must initiate contact with Disability Support Services to discuss resources available to them or seek tutoring on their own.
Instructor Freedom – In high school, teachers are given a set curriculum but may modify the curriculum and/ or pace of assignments; modify grading. In college, instructors are NOT required to teach material uniformly nor are they required to alter assignment grading or deadlines.