Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Accreditation Standard 304(d) states that "[a] law school shall require regular and punctual class attendance." Interpretation 304-6 states that "[a] law school shall demonstrate that it has adopted and enforces polciies insuring that individual students satisfy the requirements of this Standard, including the implementation of policies related to ... scheduling." Inside Higher Ed has an interesting article on the declining attendance in college classrooms: Elephant Not in the Room, by Elia Powers:
A 2005 survey of first-year undergraduate students by the Higher Education Research Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles showed that while a majority of college students spend 11 or more hours in class per week, 33% reported skipping class and 63% said they come to class late “occasionally” or “frequently.” A similar survey showed that the proportion of students who report coming late to class has jumped from 48% in 1966 to 61% in 2006 — evidence, one could argue, of a growing indifference to class in general.
There are a lot of interesting comments following the article, including this gem: "Education is the only commodity for which hardly anyone demands his money’s worth."
Has the class attendance problem spread from undergrad to law school? For those who have been in law teaching for awhile, has attendance in your classes declined in recent years?