Classroom culture varies in the United States and around the world. Here is a brief introduction to the expectations and things to remember when you become a stuent at RMU.
Be on time - In the U.S. culture being on time is very important, it is considered a sign of respect. In an educational environment, being on time not only applies to classes but also to meeting deadlines (NAFSA, 2009).
Attendence - In the U.S. and especially here at RMU attendence in class is extremely important. Students who fail to attend class will see a significant impact on their grade in the course.
Syllabus - A syllabus is a document from the professor of a course that explains the standards by which student performances will be evaluated. It outlines the course assignments including readings, quizzes, oral presentations, research papers, essays or exercises the students are expected to complete and the dates for their completion (NAFSA, 2009).
Participation - Student participation is a very important part of the U.S. classroom. Students are expected to think independently about the subject matter, come to their own conclusions and express their perspectives and opinions in class and in their written work (NAFSA, 2009).
Learning environment - In the U.S. classroom the right of the individual, personal responsibility, freedom of choice, interactive learning, liberal education and independent thinking are all valued (NAFSA, 2009).
Faculty interaction - Faculty members in the U.S. can be less formal than in many countries. The faculty-student relationship is considered to be professional, however, faculty members are often friendly and helpful to their students. At RMU there is a student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1 which means thet professors enjoy interacting with studnets and being available to help and answer questions.
Information for this page was gathered from U.S. Classroom Culture brochure published by NASFSA in 2009. For further reading please stop by the CGE to pick up a copy.