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Is Student Absenteeism a Growing Problem at Colleges, Too?


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COVID-19 has increased absenteeism and disengagement in colleges, according to Terri Hasseler, a professor at Bryant University. Factors include lack of ‘academic stamina’, changing parenting practices, and inadequate faculty explanations about the importance of attendance. Absenteeism isn’t just physical absence, but also mental and emotional disengagement. The pandemic has changed perceptions about the necessity of classroom attendance, with many resources available outside the classroom. However, Hasseler emphasizes the importance of in-person learning for knowledge building, peer interaction, and practicing presence and responsibility. Disengagement may be linked to privilege and changing parenting practices that remove obstacles for students. The pandemic has also led to more lenient grading policies, potentially contributing to disengagement. Despite

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