Reality regarding college class attendance
Numerous studies have confirmed what common sense tells us: college class attendance is critical for academic success. It is not only important; it is the most important variable. No matter what SAT or ACT scores are or high school grades were, class attendance is what matters most. More than what kind of student he was or the quality of his High School. Home life or socioeconomic are less important than simply showing up. Nothing predicts academic success better than class attendance. Woody Allen once stated that "80 percent of success is just showing up." When it comes to academic success, the value of showing up is undeniable.
College students often skip class in spite of the importance of attendance. For some students, missing class is an occasional thing. Missing a class now and then is not that big of a deal until it becomes a habit that gets worse. The problem is that for many students it is not just one or two classes but a much higher number that impacts their academic performance. Students report that it is a noticeable, significant, and surprising occurrence among their classmates.
College athletes graduate at a rate of greater than 80% which is significantly better than the rest of the student population. That significant difference is not due to athletes being more gifted than other students. It is the result of athletic departments holding their student athletes accountable for academic performance. One of the ways they do that is by verifying class attendance. Athletic departments employ student assistants who go to classrooms to make sure the student-athletes are there at scheduled class times. Major universities spend significant amounts of money annually on that service. Those expenditures are both necessary and effective. Athletes go to class because accountability works.