Should Attendance Count?

Attendance is a tough topic for me to discuss because I’m not sure I agree with the current educational theories related to showing up for class. Logically, attending class should result in better grades because if the teacher is teaching and you’re listening, then learning should occur. Hopefully, the time spent at the desk will rub off and result in correct answers on tests. Conversely, the less time spent in class might result in fewer correct answers. For that reason alone, students should be motivated to attend class. I’m on board with this type of thinking.

My real question has to do with earning additional points for attending. Should attendance, otherwise known as the act of being present, count as points towards your grade? Check your syllabus. Are you earning points for attendance? Or rather, are you losing points for not attending? What if you got a 100 on a test and then lost points for not attending? Would you be angry?

Before you answer, remember that attendance is not participation. Attendance is nothing more than arriving and leaving at a prescribed time. What you do for those minutes in between, is up to the student. You might be the type of student who attends and pays attention. But what about that kid next to you? He’s sleeping and earning an equal amount of points. It’s like those old diet commercials that tried to convince people they could lose weight while they slept.

I don’t particularly like giving or subtracting points for attendance but teachers seem to feel that those extra brownie points act as a motivator – they get students who wouldn’t ordinarily show up to attend, regardless of their level of consciousness.

So – I pose the question to students. Points or no points. Let me know.



  • Cayley Sheehan

    I don’t think attendance should be awarded points. The responsibility of showing up for class on time and staying through its entirety is completely on the student. That is part of your job as a student. The reward or ‘point’ for attending is doing better in the class and the punishment is not doing as well in the class. If a student can maintain a good grade by not attending, than that is great for them, but often it is not the case. Attendance often leads to participation which often does count toward your grade. If you aren’t attending class, how can you earn your participation grade? There is also the additional benefit of enhancing what you’ve learned in your reading materials and other assignments through listening to your teacher and classmates that may come in handy in completing tests and assignments. I don’t think a student should be rewarded for doing something they are supposed to do. It is good practice for the real world when you have to attend work everyday. Obviously the benefit for attending at work is your salary, but you (or someone) are paying to be at college, so attending class is the responsible thing to do.

  • Yolanda Hidalgo

    Points for attendance should not be given. I say this because We as students should know we must be present in class and participate. I have been in a class where a classmate would literally use her class time to nap a lot of the time. That was definitely something that would have some of the class talking but, professor was too lenient and did not really say much to her. So this was not fair to all of us that actually showed up and paid attention that even those who came to class to nap would earn the extra 5 points given.

  • Gregory Salwen

    Professor Verne, you are one smart woman. I have very strong feelings about this, and you
    hit the nail on the head! I am grateful for your unbiased, and logical
    perspective on this issue because it affects me in so many ways. Before I transferred
    to the college I currently attend in Northern Vermont, I was a student at
    DePaul University in Chicago. It was such an enriching experience, but I
    realized right away that the school was just not the right fit for me. One
    aspect that at first I enjoyed, but quickly came back to harm my grades and education
    was their very relaxed attendance policy. Some classes at DePaul require 100%
    attendance, while others do not require it at all.

    The Professor would announce the very fist day of class that attendance is not required, but doing all the
    work and participating is. This is sort of a paradox to me, because I couldn’t
    understand how one could participate if they were not physically present. Being
    young, and foolish I did not show up nearly as much as I should, and I ended up
    dropping the course, and eventually dropping out of DePaul all together. I felt
    a sense of disconnect, and was so lost. I was lost in the class, and was lost
    in this massive school. When looking for a new college to transfer too I thought
    back to these experiences of feeling like I was drowning in a massive place
    without a familiar face.

    When you don’t attend class, you don’t get to meet the other students. This made me feel
    somewhat lonely and disconnected, and also made it hard for me to catch up had
    I fallen far behind. The school I am at now has an unusually strict attendance
    policy, and if you miss more than a certain number of courses, you
    automatically fail this course. No questions asked, and there is nothing a
    student can say or do to get around this rule. It is the law of the land at

    They implemented this seemingly harsh attendance policy to avoid exactly what I
    experienced over in the Midwest. Students are tired and stressed out, and they
    can never get enough sleep. The mere thought of a few extra hours of shuteye is
    enough to make them skip class, and potentially create bad habits permanently.

    I do agree that attending class increases a student’s chances of earning higher grades.
    Your reasoning that “the teacher is teaching and you’re listening, then
    learning should occur” makes perfect sense to me. I do not feel that just because I am sitting
    at a desk in the classroom versus my own dorm room causes the material to rub
    off, thus I would get more answers correct just due to my current location. I
    feel that being in an academic environment would cause me to pay closer
    attention, and that would encourage me absorb the content.

    I do not feel students should be rewarded to doing what they are supposed to do. If you
    are enrolled in a course that is not an online course, then it is common sense
    to show up to class and learn. It just feels almost silly to reward students
    for not blowing off their responsibilities. To answer your question, I do not
    think being present should earn students points towards your grade. I have checked
    the syllabus for classes I have taken at Champlain College, and I actually am earning
    points for attendance! It is the same thing in regards to their grading scale,
    you earn points for attending, but if you do not attend you are technically
    losing potential points. They do not link test scores to class attendance; they
    are graded independently, as they should be. I would be furious if I aced an
    exam, but lost points for not attending. But at my school that is not possible,
    since the exams are in person so if I didn’t show up to class I would get a
    zero, therefore failing, not acing. But theoretically, yes I would not be happy
    about that.

    I feel that I fall in the middle, but closer to my current school’s ruling on this very
    debated issue. Attendance should be required, but you should not be harshly penalized
    if you have a legitimate reason why you were absent.

    For example, I become very sick each winter because I live in the college dorms,
    which are a healthy persons’ worst nightmare. I am never sick, but since
    starting college I have become sicker than I could have ever imagined. I have
    even been hospitalized due to some of the illnesses I have come down with,
    because dorms are filled with germs. This is beyond my control, and my grade
    should not suffer because my health is. As for the lazy or “bored” student next
    to me, as long as he is not on his phone or being noisy, I always tune him or
    her out. I am here for my future, how rude students conduct themselves is a
    reflection of them, not me.

    Out of respect to the Professor, my classmates and my quest for an education, I always
    show up to class, unless I am truly so sick that I cannot move. I hope other
    students will read this, and see where I am coming from. We are so privileged
    to be students earning an education, and we must not take it for granted.

  • Justin Ruiz

    From my point of view, I am a firm believer in
    class PARTICIPATION! But I hate lectures, as we all do. Just like the websites
    and web authority of a business we discuss. School should draw students in not
    push them away. For the most part, we look at school and work as a negative.
    WHY? Why can’t it be interactive and fun? Because of the structure. You come
    into class or work and your told what you need to learn, your told what’s
    important, with no emphasis on creativity ad involvement in learning material. It
    is THE way or the highway.

    My proposal, eliminate in class attendance and judge people on interactive
    work studies and and positive difference in the classes learning involvement.
    Encourage creativity and progression, Work towards the future, not the past.

    Innovation was not taught from text, but action.

  • Jessica Lauro

    I feel that some teachers offer points for attendance in order to motivate students to come to their class, but that in itself is wrong. The student should want to come to class and enjoy learning the material without having the incentive of attendance points. If the teacher feels that most students come to their class for this reason, maybe they need to tweak their teaching style a bit and come up with some fun and innovative ways to capture their students’ attention, like interactive activities or utilizing visuals like powerpoints or videos. However, this is not entirely the teacher’s responsibility. Tuition is being paid by the student or their parent/guardian, so that money shouldn’t be going to waste. College is a place that offers opportunities for learning, growth, and enhancement. By not attending class, you are not capturing any of those three characteristics. Yes, college may not be for everyone, but for those who solely attend class for the attendance points/GPA boost, they should re-evaluate why they are at college in the first place.

  • Jonathan Leonardo

    Well, this is a very interesting debate that I have had with several of my friends throughout my college experience. I personally feel that there should be no points when it comes to attendance. I feel like I can miss a few classes throughout the semester and still be able to grasp as much information needed to pass the class with a great grade. As you brought up in the post, I would be extremely upset if I loss points for not being in the class but still pass the test with 100. I understand that teachers usually just want to avoid students never showing up, but I don’t think it is right to put points to that. It is kind of like an online class, where technically you never show up. Yet if you log on when needed, participate in group discussions and then take and pass test when they are due, you pass the class! I feel that shows that if you know the material you should get a good grade which should be the way for all classes. Also, most colleges already have a set amount of classes that you can miss unexcused and then the teacher is allowed to drop you. So, with that already being in place I honestly do not see the necessity of also attaching points to attendance. I think participation should be graded, and make students participate in a certain amount of class discussion throughout the semester so they can get their full grade.

  • Michael Giordano

    Attendance is a huge topic with college students. Depending on the school, some have mandatory attendance and some don’t even bother taking attendance, if you pass your tests and do your homework, you pass the class. There are many angles with this argument, if a student is able to do well on his or her tests and complete all the homework without going to every single class, why should they be penalized? The other side is that some students show up to every class and participate every time but do not receive any recognition. In my experience, I have been graded on both participation and actually showing up on time. I believe that teachers should award those who are always on time and always at class because it shows an eagerness to learn and the ability to be on time and follow an assigned schedule which will help a lot after school when the student is working in a real job. However, I do not think that students should be penalized on participation. I believe this because some people, like myself, like to show up to class, absorb the information and leave. Having to raise your hand and speak in public just isn’t for everyone and I do not think that it is fair to penalize certain people for this. In conclusion I think that there should be points given for attendance but not for participation.

  • Nikolaas Eickelbeck

    I feel that there should not be points given for attending class. It’s our duty as students to come to class and participate, you shouldn’t be rewarded in that sense. I think of going to class just like going to a job. If you don’t show up to your job a lot, your most likely going to get fired and if you show up you don’t. And me personally I need to show up to each class just so that i don’t get behind and that I actually learn the topic. If a person though can get a 100 on a test with out going to class good for them. No need for getting punished because you can learn a topic a different way than attending a class.

  • Alfelix Martinez

    I think attendance is important if you have an actual interest in the class or subject matter. I also think attendance is important if it is in a subject you may not particular be strong in. The worst thing is being behind and not knowing what is going on because you missed a class. You never know how important 1 class may be. Could potentially be the one that makes it all come together. On the other hand, some classes you may be obligated to take and don’t really have the ideal time to take it. In that case, I reasonable professor may understand. As long as you communicate that to the professor and he or she knows that you are serious about the class. I think professors have a pretty good idea by now on who they think is BSing them and those who miss a class or 2 because of obligations or emergencies. If you miss classes, and miss assignments or don’t do well on tests, however, you don’t have anyone to blame but yourself and should not be upset if leniency is not afforded to you

  • Ronie Monje

    First, I feel like attendance is very important and should be added in the grading system for the class but with a condition. A professor should not just give a student free points for attending the class every time, the student must show good results or any improvement through out the class, because what’s the point of showing up if you don’t try to learn or not understand the course at all. Secondly, I feel like for students who barely shows up but do well in class tests, projects and assignments, should have an exemption especially when they have a valid reason why they can’t show up to class sometimes. Professor should not take out the points for attendance but give a condition whether the student deserves the grade or not. with that condition, I feel like the students will be more motivated to put in work for that course they’re taking and not just waste their time and money.

  • Robert Owusu

    In my opinion, i feel that attendance shouldn’t count. Once entering college, it isn’t mandatory decision, it is a privilege. The student voluntarily wants to further his or her education so it is not the professor’s job to reward the student on what they’re suppose to be doing in the first place. In addition, its common sense that the less the student doesn’t attend class, the less the student will not understand the material for the class. In my personal experience, due to one of my early morning class (8.a.m) there was several times I missed class because I am not a morning person and because of that, i had to work extra hard on the class I missed to keep up with the rest of the students and I still was able to pull an A-. What i think professors should consider is participation points. If the student isn’t in class, its physically impossible for them to earn extra participation points. Professors, should give random extra point activity so if the student missed it, it will push them to attend without any penalty. That’s just my view on things.

  • Brendan Duff O’Loughlin

    Personally, I don’t
    think that attendance should count towards your grade, and I think you make a
    good point Professor Verne. In my experience, it is common to be penalized for
    not showing up to class, but besides participation points, we do not get points
    for showing up, so why are we panelized for not showing up. I think if a
    student doesn’t need to show up and understands the requirements for the class,
    they shouldn’t have to. I had a handful of friends that we’re able to
    accomplish what they needed to do without going to class, but for me, it helps
    me retain the information I need for tests and keeps me on top of important
    dates throughout the semester. Some students don’t need to go to class to do
    well in it, but I do. We have all seen the kids who barley go to class and when
    they do they are hardly awake, don’t know when the test is, and then somehow do
    better then you on the test you have been preparing for all week. For those who
    can do this, more power to them. It should not affect them negatively for not
    showing up, but this is not the case for me which is why I make it to as many
    classes as possible. Also, if I am paying for the class you can bet I’ll be
    there. No points for showing up or not, though.

  • prof. verne

    Wow! This topic turned out to be pretty popular. If I remember correctly, I was one of those students who never missed a class. That was until I took Sociology in my sophomore year. It was a terrible fit for me. I hated the teacher and I ended up blowing off the class all semester. I read the book on my own and passed, but I’m sure I would have done better had I attended. (And had a teacher that didn’t make my skin crawl!)

  • Jennifer Ruiz

    I personally believe that attendance should not be counted as part of a grade. I have known the stories of many great students that do the work and pass exams but then end up failing or having a much lower grade than what they deserve because of their attendance. Sometimes students just really don’t like a certain class, maybe because of the teacher or the students in it. Other times a student could be having other personal problems that could result in them missing class. I personally had trouble attending my morning classes simply because I had trouble sleeping and then waking up. Points should not be awarded for those who are just naturally great with attendance. Points should definitely not be taken off for missing class either. It is up to the students who choose to attend or not. Some students don’t always need to attend every class for them to understand.

  • Thomas Weingarten

    I will be brutally honest. I am that student who never ever misses a class. I can’t recall missing a class in my three years of college for any reason other than a very serious, real excuse or reason. However, I can honestly say, it is a very rare occasion that I pay any sort of attention in class. My reason for going to class, it looks good. Teachers put on that syllabus that attendance counts for you to maintain a certain grade. At Iona, if you miss a certain amount of classes, you fail. I do not pay attention at all in class, but am always doing something. I usually get done work that I need to do in my personal life or find ways to fill my time for myself. I’m not proud of it, but attendance doesn’t make a big difference in how I do in that class. It is case sensitive. I know that personally I can not pay attention and kind of learn a little bit about it on my own and manage to do fine. I find that those who need to pay attention, would probably be the ones to study really hard and try to learn it on their own if they weren’t in class. Attendance only weeds out those who legit couldn’t care less about your class. It isn’t making the better students do that much better, and it doesn’t make someone focus in class. If you want a meaningful attendance, then make class participation weigh more in the grade.

  • Tyler J Stagg

    I will be honest i am a student that misses about 5 classes a semester because i feel like you can get a good grade in the class by studying really hard outside the classroom. Although it does not look good missing class especially if you’re teacher takes attendance. At most schools if you miss a certain amount of classes you cant pass. If you you don’t enjoy going to class just take online courses. You can do the work when you want and where you want to do it. I do not think attendance should be part of you’re grade it should be based off of how you perform in the particular class.

  • Jiovanni Ortiz

    This topic I like because as a student who always attends class, I do believe the only way to get the full education you need in order to pass the class is to be present in class. being absent, can change things drastically. It can make you lost at the most important parts, and it can just throw you off completely. As far as attendance being given a grade, I agree with that because I think it will help motivate the student to come to class and not miss it. Also it would be a good reward for those who go every day and are willing to learn and participate. For those student who aren’t class takers, I recommend online classes which I also have taken and currently taking, its not as bad and defiantly is more beneficial.

  • Jason Martinez

    Are some students really in class? (mentally I mean….)
    This question I pose, because I see students in class rooms
    who are focused more on texting, playing and chatting with peers
    than paying attention and writing notes.
    My answer would be attendance shouldn’t count.
    Though I firmly believe you should be there to gain a human perspective (ask questions, respond to questions, etc.)
    The end result should always be an assessment of your understanding of the course.

    So next time your in a class room I want you to ask yourself “Am I really here?”

  • Amanda Rivera

    Although attendance in a class is important (obviously to learn the material being taught), I completely disagree with it affecting grades. I’ve had professors that deducted points for absences, meanwhile, there were students sitting in the back of the class hiding behind their bags and books; texting, interacting on social media, even using FaceTime (I’m not even joking). I feel that if you study hard enough and get good grades, that should be enough to pass the course. I personally, HATE sitting in a classroom for more than 20 minutes. I used to skip classes all the time, but always made sure to complete my assignments and attend on more important days (Quizzes, midterms, finals). Some professors are just way too strict for their own good and don’t realize that they make the learning experience horrible.

  • Olivia Schiekofer

    I don’t agree with offering points as a motivator to attend. For instance, what if someone has to cover a shift at work or has a doctors appointment or so forth, should they really be penalized for not being able to attend one or two classes? I do see from the teachers point of view that it may be insulting if students are never attending but if they are keeping up with the material and on top of their assignments than should they really be losing points? It is true though, from a students point of view that I haven’t always been attentive in class. For one reason or another, there are always those days when you just can’t focus and completely zone out during the hour and 15 minutes of class where the professor is giving a dry lecture. It is nothing personal against the professor or that I am not interested in the material but rather just sick or didn’t get enough sleep that night or simply just can’t focus. Some days I also just simply don’t want to attend because I know that I have done the textbook reading and am up to date with my assignments and don’t feel the need to go to that one 50 minute class I have all day. I believe that these are college courses and if the student does not want to attend it is nobodies fault but their own because they are paying to take those classes.

  • Jessica Olivier

    Honestly, I don’t think attendance should be a huge factor in a students overall grade. There have been classes where I NEEDED to be present in that classroom environment or else I would never understand the class material. However, there are classes where I understand the material and find it useless to show up to class. There are those certain classes where whatever the professor is lecturing about or demonstrating; I could understand if I were at home. There are so many resources that are applicable to us on a day to day basis where it almost isn’t necessary to be physically present in a classroom. And of course – some people have other obligations or have things that come up; medical appointments, family emergencies, work obligations, etc. I don’t think a student should be punished for not showing up to class as long as they clearly show that they understand the material that is required for the class.

  • Greg Bourne

    I feel like missing a class should never deduct from your grade. I don’t get the mentality of having it motivate students to show up, usually it pressures me and others into going even when sick. Also if something that would never classify as an “excused absence” happens like a break up or issues with friends I may be completely checked out of class anyway so let me stay home and help repair myself if that’s what I feel is best, I’m an adult and I’ll happily accept the consequences of missing out on the lecture. I can still message other people from the class about the lesson, have the assignments done, study etc. If someone isn’t going to put the effort into learning it doesn’t matter if they show up or not, they may just completely check out during the lesson. I understand having a “maximum number” of absences in case people just stop showing up instead of dropping the class but knowing that my grade will be effected because my old car gives up on me and I can’t get to class that week is ridiculous. What I think should be the way professors handle attendance is if you attend class you get bonus points, even if they are fractions of a point, you get that motivation factor and If my car dies, I have to cover someones shift at work, or there’s an emergency that may not fall under “excused absences” I’m not sitting there thinking “Well now I can only get a maximum of a 98 in this class.”

  • Luis Rolon

    Just like you stated attendance is just entering and leaving at a scheduled time. I think attendance should actually be extra credit. The point of education is to learn and prove what you are leaning. Some classes that we take can straight out of high school can be redundant and make us not want to attend class. Now if the student is failing all the responsibility falls on the student. I just feel like college should not be so focus on attendance and make it a possible reason for failing.

  • Daniel Rawson

    There should never be a penalty for missing class. A good attendance record usually translates to better success for the student in the class but there are often times throughout a semester where a student cannot get to class because of another obligation they may have during class time over the course of an entire semester. The responsibility is on the student to make up the work and keep up with the syllabus if there are ever absent from class. Having points deducted for attendance or being late to class has the potential to drop a students grade nearly an entire letter grade.

  • Sabrine Darwish

    I personally like attending school but maybe its because I like to showoff my fashionable sense of style. I don’t think attendance should be a big impact on students grades because when I attend class Im physically there but not mentally there. If an assignment is due I like to look at past work or examples. Sample work is good enough for me to learn and understand the right way of doing an assignment. I don’t need someone standing in front of me and talking for 50 minutes when in reality I only paid attention to 5 minutes of the whole lesson.

  • Luke McDonagh

    I don’t believe there should be a point system in relation to attendance. I do believe everybody learns different and at different paces. If somebody can learn faster or more efficiently, they may not need all the classroom time as somebody who is a slower learner. The theory that the more time spent in the classroom leads to more learning done which results in better test scores is the most logical. However there is the exception of a student learning better on there own, and I don’t believe they should be punished for that.

  • Tiannis Coffie

    Personally, I don’t agree with a point system related to attendance. Speaking from experience I have a hectic schedule which can cause me to miss classes once and awhile. However, my attendance does not affect my grades because I manage to either email the professor, check blackboard, or even ask a classmate to catch up on what I have missed. Students should not be graded based on attendance because not everyone has a simple life/schedule. I understand that there are students who simply don’t want to attend class but I believe for those students their grades can reflect the difference between the other student. Maybe instead of points going towards attendance, it should go towards people who are trying regardless if they are in class or not haha. As long as their grades show effort.

  • Zain Naqvi

    I think there are a few considerable factors to this question. What grade level are we talking about? high-school attendance or college level attendance? Is attendance part of the whole sum of the course grade or is it being counted as additional points? Are both attendance and participtation being

  • Zain Naqvi

    When it comes to the conversation about attendance policy there are a few key factors that need to be considered. Are we talking about college students or high-school students? Is participation graded separately from attendance? How are they weighted in respect to one another?
    When it comes to high-school students I feel that attendance should most definitely be mandatory. Many high-school students already hate going to school. They romanticize an adventurous life after they get out of high-school. Kids at that age are notorious for making bad decisions. They live at home and are for the most part completely dependent on their parents. They haven’t ever really been put in a situation for any extended period of time which would challenge them have them seriously asses their priorities. Not to paint with a broad brush but their perspective to their future isn’t as encompassing at this point in their life. So something as boring and tedious attending class would seem relatively inconsequential, especially if they are going once in a while and submitting the work.
    Although when the topic turns toward college student I feel the opposite should be true. There should be no attendance policy for college students. College students are on their own and living indecently for the first time in their life. As they adjust to this life they begin to think more maturely. College students generally have a more tangible direction they want their life to go in and a much better idea of how to get there. Also college is a privilege to go to, many families can’t afford it. So if a student chooses not to go to class they are, in a way, wasting their or their family’s money. Also if they do poorly in school enough they will be eventually removed from the college. So at the end of the day, possibly after a few mess ups, the student will realize this and choose to go to class all on their own.

  • Nicole Loscri

    This blog post has me thinking a lot about the importance of attendance, and I have to say that one of my own experience’s has strongly influenced my take on this topic. Personally, I believe attendance should count. I am all for attendance counting because of an experience I had this past Spring.The class I was taking was once a week and attendance was undoubtedly crucial (especially with the class only being once a week) and unfortunately, I wasn’t receiving good grades on the quizzes and exams; not to mention there were very few homework assignments offered by the professor. I felt like my grade was plummeting, and I didn’t know how to revive it. Then I said to myself: “Well, I have been present at every single class, and I was also present at an out-of-class event that was mandatory to attend, so maybe my attendance will count towards my grade?” Who was I kidding? I was completely wrong. While attendance was very important since the class was only once a week, little did I know that it wasn’t important enough for the sake of my grade. I ended up withdrawing from this class because my attendance was not acknowledged or accounted for, and I would have failed if I continued the class through the semester’s conclusion. Now, I’m not saying attendance should be the ticket to saving a student’s grade, because that would be ridiculous, however, I believe students who attend class are making a genuine effort to learn and experience the class, regardless if they want to be there or not. And while I was extremely frustrated that I attended class yet I still wasn’t grasping the material, I knew my attendance meant something. I still took away material from the course. I believe students who are struggling with receiving good grades on quizzes, homework assignments, exams, projects, etc. should even be rewarded with additional points if they have been present at every class and have expressed their grade concerns to their professor. Attendance is definitely a tough topic to discuss, however I believe students and professors should take attendance seriously, as it fulfills the schooling experience. What does a student have to recollect on in their educational history if they never attended class? And what will they learn from the course if they don’t attend class? It’s almost like a domino effect; attending class will lead a student on the right path. Attendance provides motivation and an eagerness to learn. Making the effort to attend class should definitely be rewarded for: students’ futures depend on it!

  • Julio Rojas

    Attendance is nothing more then a professor helping students out for making their classroom look full. I once had an economics professor at Binghamton, in order for us to attend class on a specific day she offered to give us extra points, the reason for this was that he class lecture that day was going to be featured in the schools advertising, and an empty classroom would not advertise “student involvement” I might also add this was a 300 person lecture microeconomic theory class, which for the most part of the semester would be at most 25% full. So I believe attendance is nothing more then professors trying to show that their students care or that they are able to fill their classrooms. I mean if professors show school admin ” Look how full our classrooms are” they can argue students are really interested in our subject which would actually bring the idea of maybe hiring more faculty in that area?

    In my opinion I would only attend class 4 times a semester . (1) Syllabus Day, (2) Midterm 1, (3) Midterm 2, (4) Final. I like reading ahead so if I had trouble with a certain subject that semester I would simply just look at the syllabus and see when the professor would cover that and attend that day to learn further. I would rather have my grade summed up from my production, and work quality.

  • Mark Blum

    The importance of attendance varies from class to class. Some classes can be uploaded via youtube video or just by posting the notes online. But some require hands on learning or things that cannot be learned without being present. For example, last semester I had a film class that enforced attendance for its weekly “Workshop” classes in which we were given lessons on how to use vital filming equipment such as lighting, car mounts and more. Each class several students were caught falling asleep but were not penalized for doing so as the teacher was sympathetic to us showing up to hour long lecture that began at 9 pm on a Thursday night. So while some classes need to enforce attendance, some also set rules in which attendance is mandatory but if you happen to not pay attention it wont be met with any penalization. I obviously don’t think that people should be sleeping in class but if it happens, it only effects the sleeping student. I don’t agree with sleeping in class but the way I see it is they’re doing their best by showing up, although they may not be regarding their teacher or peers feelings.