- Sep 2014
I teach for two 4-year State colleges, one face to face, locally and UK which is hybrid. I report attendance for both. Who knows, I just do as I am told and I really don't want my tax dollars wasted on students who do not attend class....so I feel it is a good thing. Keeps everyone ethical. All of the colleges where I teach are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, so maybe they keep it for visits to prove that a quality education is being provided. With the exception of the Health Care Management students, most of my classes are also accredited by a programmatic accreditation, such as the Board of Nursing. Attendance is definitely required for those classes and reporting is the only way.I don't know what to tell you. The link I cited lists the eligibility criteria that students must maintain--the on-going criteria, so far as I can tell. It doesn't mention attendance--just progress to degree. I've only ever taught at 4-year state institutions. Our rules are really strict in the design of courses--they have to fill the time allotted (usually 15 "Carnegie hours" x 3) and require homework for double that amount of time. We have to HAVE an attendance policy, but no one tells us what it should be, and there's never been any central authority to whom we had to report the attendance of individual students.