29.1.05

MORE ON SUBSIDIZING SLACKING. Paul at Electric Commentary suggests that the ingratitude of subsidized students toward their subsidies is not unexpected.
However, all of these contributions and subsidies to the college experience probably have something to do with students skipping classes. After all, what is their incentive, other than altruism, to not waste other people's money. This outcome is expected in a situation where students have largely been relegated to the role of free-riders (or at least cheap-riders).
Quite so, and a logical corollary to the proposition that textbooks command higher prices and receive more frequent revisions because somebody else is often picking up part of the tab.

Among the comments to King's original post (thanks for the props in the update) is one from a lawyer that has some relevance to the faculty's problem.
I require my clients to take an active part in their defense/prosecution of claims. If a prospective client blows off an appointment, as just happened, I won't allow him to retain me. Can't take a client who is casual about his time or mine. I bet you wish you could do the same with students who don't take you seriously.
I'd like to have more such power. The Northern Kentucky policy is a step in the right direction. For too long, professors have given too much and asked too little, sometimes out of genuine concern for our charges, sometimes with a little prompting from administrations concerned about retention. (The notion that retention is a function of preparation which can be evaluated before admission has not yet registered in some administrative circles.)

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