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LSU faculty looking to make attendance part of student's grades

Monday, February 27, 2012 - 5:05pm

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) - "For my classes to be successful, or to operate at the optimal level of success, I want the students there, I want them to be able to hear me, I want them to be able to argue with me, I want them to be able to ask questions," said LSU Political Science Professor, James Stoner.

Dr. James Stoner is a political science professor at LSU, he's pushing for a resolution to get students back in class.

"There's a lot of learning that takes place by reading, there's a lot of learning that takes place by listening, and in a way, this is a proposal just to say that, that matters," said Dr. Stoner.

That proposal goes before the faculty senate next month. It would make attendance a big part of student's grades.

There are students that would back up Dr. Stoner, and his efforts, students like Brian Brewer, 54.

"Someone who's spending their time to be there, and if they're not showing up, what's the point?" said Brewer.

Brewer says he drives from Maurepas to LSU everyday, he says he can understand missing one or two classes, but he said if you can't show up, you're wasting your college experience.

"I cant see spending the money, and not spending the time to backup that money."

But students who oppose the resolution say most lessons can be found online, so it makes being in the classroom obsolete.

"I have classes where teachers put everything online, so I can just look online, instead of waking up early,” said Sports Administration Major, Victoria Stephens.

Stevens also said a lot of students she knows who can't make it to class, are just at work.
"I know some students work to pay for college, so there's the possibility that they have to work, and can't go to class."

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