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A Vision of Students Today - YouTube - Jim Huggins
September 23rd, 2011
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A Vision of Students Today - YouTube
A Vision of Students Today - YouTube

What's your reaction to this? Comment is welcome ...

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Date:September 24th, 2011 12:41 pm (UTC)
Haven't these all been true at several colleges to some degree for decades?

I can honestly say, at Kettering, my professors knew my name and interacted with us during class. That would almost certainly not have been the case had I gone to K-State, and it'd be unfair to expect a professor to learn the names of, what, 700 students in one semester?

Regarding the situations in which someone pays for a class, but never attends...I'm not a fan of mandatory attendance policies, but on the other hand, I don't see why college should be so different from high school to that end. Perhaps that would cut down on the students who don't want to put any effort into higher education...
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Date:September 24th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)
Class size: you're fortunate in that we try to keep class sizes small at Kettering. (And, to be fair, it was easy to remember your name; you were quite memorable. :)). One questions, though, whether en-masse lectures like at K-State are a meaningful way to conduct education.

Pays but doesn't attend: I don't like mandatory attendance policies, either; I think that's one of the differences between high school (where teachers act in loco parentis) and college (where students are treated as adults). And, yes, students need to bear responsibility. But lack of attendance can be a warning sign to an instructor. If lots of my students are choosing to spend the time in other ways than attending my class, I need to think about whether or not I'm actually providing value to my students.
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