Tuesday, November 25, 2003

For extra credit: Attendance, rational choice and student elections 

So what's more odd about grading policies: The debate over grading for attendance? Or giving extra credit for voting in student elections? This came from our student government last night:
St. Cloud State University Student Senate is asking for your help in this important effort to increase voter turnout in our December election/referendum. The Student Senate proposes that, in exchange for your offering a few extra credit points to the voters in your classes, we will provide the class section with the highest percentage of voters free Krispy Cream Donuts. The senate will issue students stamped �I voted� cards once they have cast their ballot. Upon your collecting the cards for extra credit and turning them back into the Student Government office, we will calculate the class with the highest percentage of voters and bring donuts to your next class period (with minimal disruptions of course).
I think the extra credit points are inframarginal; I like donuts (though give me Dunkin cake originals with the handle and a "cahfee regulah" in those cool Dunkin mugs anyday over the hot air KKD.) But at least attendance has something to do with student learning.