Just go to class
Attendance policies are a necessary evil to keep students on track.
Underclassmen are already rampant enough with irresponsibility. Without the extra incentive attendance policies offer, students are more apt to skip out on the classes they already paid for, resulting in a massive waste of time and money.
A common reason given for blowing off classes is the course is easy and does not require attending a lecture to pass. If it is so easy, however, then students should just go to the scheduled meeting time.
Students often need not study as long as they go to class. Time spent in the classroom can be seen as studying time with a professional tutor. Simply showing up for a lecture can free up time outside of class, enabling students to have fun instead of cramming for missed material.
The decision to cut funding to grant-receiving students with low attendance is a wise one. College education is expensive, and money should not be wasted on those who cannot do something as simple as show up for class. Financial aid is extended in good faith. There is enough room for students to make mistakes in college without adding the possibility of throwing away borrowed or gifted money by failing classes.
For every student granted financial awards, another is denied. If a recipient of thousands of dollars of financial aid cannot commit to attending their classes, those funds should be revoked and transferred to somebody who actually cares.
College is challenging and expensive. For some it is a full-time job, and for others it may be a trifle. Either way, educational funds are a scarce resource in Texas at the moment. Attendance policies help students get their priorities straight. Without these policies, the likelihood of students failing classes or lowering their GPA would rise, as would the potential for wasted aid money.
-Ashley Trumps is mass communication senior
My tuition, my choice
It is not the job of university professors and administrators to monitor students with attendance policies as if they are precocious toddlers.
Students are more than capable of making their own decisions on whether to attend classes or not. Threats of reducing financial aid, grades or other consequences in response to poor attendance are ridiculous and unnecessary. The choice to not attend class will likely result in failure for many students, and if it does not—more power to them.
Beside the fact many classes can be passed without a single day of attendance, a large percentage of students pay for their own tuition. Students pay for classes, and they deserve to choose how they use that money. If they want to attend class and make sure they secure a good grade, that is their decision. If they want to never attend class and therefore heighten their odds of failure, that is also their decision.
The only thing students’ grades should be dependent upon is their performance. If they write awesome essays, turn in all their work, do stellar on their tests—that is all that matters.
Furthermore, financial aid reduction should only be a consequence in cases of class failure. As long as the student is making progress on their degree, why does it matter how often they showed up to class?
Professor, departmental and governmental-issued consequences for poor attendance are absurd. Professors and administrators should focus on what matters when it comes to academics—achievement.
-Savannah Wingo is a mass communication junior