Just Showing Up: Educators Focus on Attendance to Help Students Succeed

Just Showing Up: Educators Focus on Attendance to Help Students Succeed 1

Norbert von der Groeben for The Chronicle

Students sign in for an evening communications class at California State U.-East Bay, where an effort to help first-year students succeed has included a focus on attendance.

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Norbert von der Groeben for The Chronicle

Students sign in for an evening communications class at California State U.-East Bay, where an effort to help first-year students succeed has included a focus on attendance.

The age-old practice of taking attendance is gaining new emphasis in some college classrooms, with administrators and faculty viewing stronger incentives for showing up as a way to further their goals of improving retention and increasing graduation rates.

Administrators in the California State University system, for example, have asked professors to consider taking attendance or making it mandatory, if they do not already, as one part of an effort to raise the proportion of students