The role of extracurricular activities
Courses and classrooms account for only a portion of the traditional life of a college student. Student development includes numerous aspects of the collegiate environment, including residential life, academic development, social issues, and membership in the overall college community. Extracurricular activities include sports, clubs, student government, fraternities and sororities, and social events. These activities have evolved to reflect the changing expectations and desires of a diversifying student body.
The development of debating clubs and literary societies in the 18th and 19th centuries was followed by the expansion of fraternities and sororities, other social organizations, and athletics (in particular, football) throughout the 20th century. For this question, address the following:
- How have evolving cultural and societal norms and expectations contributed to the extracurricular activities of today’s colleges and universities?
- Predict a new extracurricular trend based on current societal inclinations. Defend your response with data from sources such as literature on trends in higher education.