Monthly Archives: February 2004

‘In college, professors don’t care if you skip’

    During 28 years of teaching higher education, I took countless opportunities to correct an impression that apparently resides in every student in or contemplating college.
     One is simply that “In college, the professors don’t care whether you attend class.” The other is “You don’t have to attend class if you don’t want.” There is some truth to both notions. True, the typical college professor isn’t about to phone the parents of a truant student. However, professors do care how many people do the work and survive the class; they simply assume that the student must have reasons for missing class or failing to turn in the assignments.

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