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Effects on grades on a new university policy requiring faculty to take attendance


Author(s): King, B. M., Eason, B. L., O’Brien, G. M. St. L., Johnson, E., & Hunt, N. P.

Citation: King, B. M., Eason, B. L., O’Brien, G. M. St. L., Johnson, E., & Hunt, N. P. (2004). Effects on grades on a new university policy requiring faculty to take attendance. Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 16(2), 9-18.

 

Abstract

A new policy requiring faculty members to take attendance in first-year courses was implemented in a large public, metropolitan university. A detailed analysis of the effects of the new policy was also conducted in a large introductory lecture course taught by a single instructor using the same textbook and test format during the same five-year period. The analysis revealed that attendance (based on performance on attendance-reward exam questions) and grades were highly correlated (+.65) before the policy went into effect and that the new policy markedly increased both attendance and grades.

 

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