II. Current Realities in Higher EducationWhen conceptualizing the university environment it is easy to fixate upon anidealized and antiquated notion of academic life. However, the observations that Dr.Small reported in her research mirror those of several other higher education scholars
who also find the modern university environment bears little resemblance to these idealsin several key areas.
Student Community Fragmentation:
Despite the best efforts of student affairs professionals, the sheer variety of options within both the academic and socialrealms creates, rather than resolves, the problem of a missing connection to thelarger cultural community of the institution and actually facilitates thedevelopment of smaller social networks of two to six homogeneous persons(generally similar in age, ethnicity, class and nationality) who are connected inreal and virtual space and time.
Multiple Pressures and Time Management:
The average student today has to juggle a much greater burden of external responsibility than those of previousdecades. Not only is there more competition for academic resources because of the sheer growth of the average university student body,
but because of certain
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