Louisiana State U Faculty Targets Attendance

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Some LSU faculty leaders are proposing the option of making class attendance a portion of students’ final grades.

The resolution, which is up for Faculty Senate approval next month, would give LSU faculty more leeway in determining grades beyond the current option of grading for “class participation.”

“We’re doing them (students) no favor in indulging their absenteeism,” said James Stoner, chairman of LSU’s political science department, who argued that class attendance has been “trending down” for years at LSU and likely nationwide.

Stoner estimated the average LSU class is two-thirds to three-fourths full on any given day.

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