Attendance Matters

As instructors, and as advisors, we teach attendance over and over again. One of my professors even included a bonus question on every assignment, “The number one factor in student success in college is attending class.” This information is nothing new, but sometimes it is good just to see how right you are in a certain area.

I took my three courses where I tracked attendance for the fall (two were at Georgia College, one was at Georgia Military College) and compared the attendance to the final grades. I had to do it as a percentage of total classes because it was different courses, different institutions, and different meeting schedules, but the results are obvious. While there were some students who attended class and didn’t turn in all (or any) of the assignments, the correlation between the two measures are quite striking.

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