You thought no one would notice if you missed that lecture because there are upwards of 300 students in that class but this is no longer the case for Northern Arizona University students. The school will be installing a tracking system where students must swipe their id cards when entering class. The school will be using $75,000 in federal stimulus funds according to the Chronicle of Higher Education. With students graduating every year with a mountain of loans- don’t you think this money could be put to better use?
NAU claims they will increase attendance with this system and therefore academic performance will improve but the students think otherwise.
Rachel Brackett, a sophomore, started the Facebook group “NAU Against Proximity Cards,” which has over 1,300 members.
Ms. Brackett says participation is more important in some classes than others, and students should be responsible for making their own decisions about attending lectures.
“Students should be able to choose to go to class, and if they fail, they have to live with those consequences,” she says. “Part of growing up and becoming more mature is knowing you have to go to class.”
We wish you luck NAU students and if all else fails- just pass your ID card off to your friend or simply swipe the card and continue on with your day.