My friend works at Hunter and recently showed me an e-mail she received about a change in policy regarding attendance. According to this e-mail, which will be followed up by a campus wide meeting, faculty are no longer allowed to factor attendance into a student’s final grade. This is all me paraphrasing but they are not supposed to use the word “attendance”, and instead should refer onto to “class participation.” New syllabi cannot contain the word “attendance” anywhere. This seems like a pretty big policy change. I am so interested to find out if this was a result of disability activism at Hunter, or more about financial constraints on students who work, have families, or must commute long distances (especially given the lack of subsidized Metrocards.)
Does anyone in our class teach at Hunter? Is this happening at any of the other CUNY colleges?
I am also interested to see how this will fuel larger conversations about the future of education, the potential for online classes, or hybrid classes.