23.8.04

DISCHARGED IF YOU DO, DISCHARGED IF YOU DON'T. King at SCSU Scholars links to a story about two tenure-track professors at Benedict College who have been discharged for noncompliance with a grading policy that requires course grades to reflect effort as well as achievement. His post points up the difficulty a school (the term college does not quite apply) faces in balancing "access" (read: recruiting unprepared students) with "performance" (read: producing prepared graduates) as well as the obligation such a school faces in socializing new hires to the academic environment on campus.

The curious part of the story is that at this college credit for attendance matters. I recall a for-cause hearing at Northern Illinois involving a professor's ineffective teaching, including inter alia basing grades excessively on attendance. (There were other difficulties with this professor's performance, thus the two situations are not parallel.)

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