The relationship between attendance policies and student grades

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dc.contributor Dyer, Beverly
dc.contributor Harris, Phillip M.
dc.contributor Major, Ted
dc.contributor.advisor Bray, Nathaniel J.
dc.contributor.advisor Major, Claire Howell
dc.contributor.author Aaron, Michael Davis
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:35:17Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:35:17Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001066
dc.identifier.other Aaron_alatus_0004D_11345
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1548
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The relationship between attendance policies and student grades in college courses was investigated. Specifically, a calculated grade point average was determined for all academic classes taught at Shelton State Community College between 2000 and 2008. These grade point averages were compared descriptively and statistically in an effort to document any changes in student grades that occurred before and after 2003. For this study, 2003 was a critical year since that was the year that Shelton State Community College moved from a mandatory, punitive attendance policy to a policy that only documented student attendance. Therefore, any changes in student grades before and after 2003 should correlate with changes in the institution's attendance policy. Furthermore, this project investigated the relationship between class standing (freshman or sophomore), demographics and student grades. The findings indicated a positive correlation between a punitive attendance policy and student grades. Moreover, there was a positive relationship illustrated between freshman grades and punitive attendance policies. The data further proved that sophomores achieved higher grades than freshmen and the higher grades were not related to the change in attendance policy. Finally, this study indicated that demographics was not related to student grades. Current literature is mixed regarding the relationship between attendance and student grades. (Gump, 2005; Hammen & Kellend, 1994). This study provided weight to the view that attendance was related to student grades. Specifically, a positive relationship between a punitive attendance policy and final grades was observed. Student experience level was also implicated as a factor that was correlated with college grades. In general, grades in freshman biology classes were higher when the institution was using a punitive attendance policy. However, grades in sophomore classes did not change as the college moved from a punitive to a nonpunitive attendance policy. Finally, this project indicated that student demographics were not related to final course grades.
dc.format.extent 142 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Higher education administration
dc.title The relationship between attendance policies and student grades
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Technology Studies
etdms.degree.discipline Higher Education Administration
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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