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Student Entitlement: Truth, Fiction, or Some of Both?


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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


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119 E DeVos Center, Pew Grand Rapids Campus


Come view a recording of an online seminar "Student Entitlement: Truth, Fiction, or Some of Both?" presented by Maryellen Weimer, PhD. You’ll learn about the roots of this behavior, as well as strategies for not only decreasing, but also preventing the potency of entitled students.


The topic of academic entitlement is more relevant than ever before. It’s a serious, wide-ranging issue and there are few resources available for instructors to consult in dealing with it. That ends now! In this seminar, you’ll discover how to:

  • Properly handle students who expect grades they don’t deserve or demand unnecessary special accommodations
  • Create a classroom environment that discourages entitled behavior and fosters lifelong learning
  • Quickly identify and end disruptive, entitled behavior
  • Understand the market forces that have created this attitude from the students’ perspective and help them shift their perspective to become more open to learning


By becoming better prepared to approach entitled students and learning how previous academic experiences may have led to these disruptive attitudes, you’re better able to teach and students are more open to learning and less concerned about what they “deserve.”

Upon completion of this seminar, you’ll be able to:

  • Implement teaching methods that will increase students’ personal responsibility
  • Identify ways to decrease inappropriate expectations
  • Learn how to address educational consumerism while maintaining your standards
  • Create classrooms that are just and fair spaces for all
  • Structure a classroom environment that will lead to greater student success


  • Academic entitlement
  • Student attitudes and expectations
  • Educational consumerism
  • Policies and practices that decrease academic entitlement


Christine Rener, renerc@gvsu.edu 


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