Every semester. As I go over the syllabus with a new class, there is inevitably the response from a few freshmen, “Why do you take attendance? That’s for kids— stop treating us like kids.”
The only reason people would have a problem with taking attendance is because they want to ditch class with no penalty. It’s time to learn that there is no such thing as an action with no consequence.
“But if I can pass the class without being there every day, why should I always come?”
To which I’d explain that that’s not the point. A critical part of college—perhaps the biggest part, in fact—is inculcating professionalism in students. Across the board, regardless of major, molding students into professionals may be the number one goal.
And that means attendance.