It actually started last week but this is the first I’m talking about Weekly Reporting. This is important for both faculty and students… there is a test, so pay attention. 😉
Faculty are asked (not quite required but almost), to give feed back on student progress — on a weekly basis. Hence the title ‘weekly reporting.’ Faculty are asked to rate both attendance and grades, at a very high level, on all of their students.
For faculty, the bare-bones directions are in your Genesee email and sent from Karen Taylor. Drop me a note if you need them again.
Now. Some definitions.
These are the options that are presented to faculty.
None – is where it starts. That means nothing has been reported.
Never – The really easy one. The instructor has never seen nor heard from the student.
From here on in it gets, well, squishy. That is, the instructor gets to define what each of these terms mean and the meanings will change from instructor to instructor.
SAT – Satisfactory – The student is attending regularly and doing work regularly and doing acceptable work. The instructor gets to define ‘attending regularly’ and ‘doing acceptable work’!!!
The instructor only gets to pick one of the next two options. Faculty, you need to decide which is more important to address.
UNSATA – Unsatisfactory Attendance – this does NOT mean the student has missed one class. This means that the student is not attending (and not contacting you) more than one class. Since this is the beginning of the 2nd week of classes, hopefully no one quite falls into this category quite yet. By the end of this week or next week, sure.
UNSATG – Unsatisfactory Grades – the student is not performing well on the work they are completing. Yes, it’s early but this also can be an early warning about a student who you think may be under-prepared for your class. The student maintains he/she ‘needs’ to take this class but you’re not so sure the student is going to make it. Use the UNSATG to flag that also.
The last one is also squishy. You wouldn’t think so, but… well it is.
CEASED – The student has stopped attending class. And you have not heard from him/her. Missing 1 or 2 classes isn’t CEASED. Missing 2 weeks of classes can be CEASED but hopefully the student had been UNSATA first. Contact from the student of the ‘I plan to come to the next class’ and then he/she doesn’t show can be CEASED. A student stops by the classroom before class starts with a plea of “I can’t stay but I’ll get the work from Suzie” can go either way. Drive-by attendance where the student waves from the hall but doesn’t make any effort to follow up can be considered UNSATA or CEASED. For CEASED, you also need a ‘last date of attendance’ — when was the last time the student was really ‘in’ class?
FACULTY: Define each of these terms for yourself so you can outline it to your students. At what point will you define a student as CEASED versus UNSATA? What kind of work does a student need to (not) do to get an UNSATG?
STUDENTS: If you miss class, you need to talk to your instructor(s). Contact them via the method outlined on your syllabus. Do they want Genesee email, Blackboard email, a phone call? Make sure you know. If you think you’re not doing well, talk to your instructor about getting help.
Tomorrow’s post: What happens when a student is anything but SAT.