A simple way to lose your job.
There will always be students who enroll in courses and drop during the term. I put them into three categories:
- There is the “infant mortality” group who attend one class and then get while the gettin’ is good.
- There are those who don’t apply themselves and then, well into the course, realize that they are doomed to failure and drop.
- And finally, there are those who dislike their instructor and don’t feel he is doing the job. They usually hold out until shortly before or shortly after mid-term. By the way, they often complain “to the boss.”
So, how does an instructor keep students in class? Forget it. Why bother? In fact, don’t worry about it if your goal is to lose your job, because you’re history if you lose a significant percentage of your students.
REMEMBER: Your dean, associate dean, department chair, or whoever, monitors course drops, doesn’t want to see too many of them, ideally none. How many are too many? Tough question! The best thing to do is ask the person to whom you report. Ask what his or her expectations are, then make sure that a few more than that drop. You can do it. Teaching that class was cutting into your personal time anyway, wasn’t it?
© 2010 Paul A. Hummel, Ed.D.
Revised March 18, 2010