Posted at by 10:55 a.m., April 20, 2016

College adopts new Approved Absence Procedure

Policy attempts to balance classes with activities

The new Approved Absence Procedure became effective Feb. 26 with the purpose of demonstrating Laramie County Community College’s support for student participation in extra and co-curricular activities.

The policy was originated by Arts and Humanities Dean Daniel Powell and Dean of Students Jill Koslosky. While working with a committee to design this policy, Powell said the fact students have to choose between class and a school-sanctioned event means the college is doing a disservice.

During the process, Powell said he received a variety of feedback. ”It was a balance between giving students access to well-designed activities beyond the classroom that contribute to their educational environment while still keeping the academic integrity of the classes,” he said.

Feedback consisted of instructors wanting to ensure the students will learn the material in the time given and student group advisers expressing the fact that students should not be penalized for participating in co-curricular activities.

Balancing for student success

To ensure student success, Powell said he wants to emphasize the importance of advising students at the point of entry.

“This is a team effort where we need to pull all of our resources to make sure our students are successful,” Powell said.
However, the policy states “the sponsoring faculty, advisor, or coach will notify their student participants’ faculty and respective Dean in writing of the anticipated missed classes two weeks prior to the scheduled departure or absence.”

Volleyball coach Austin Albers said he feels this absence procedure policy is a step in the right direction.

“This ensures that there is consistency in expectations to students across the board regardless of course or instructor,” he said.
It provides a consistent structure for students to be successful in the classroom and still be able to participate in school sponsored activities, Albers said. This can benefit him as a coach because the students on his team will be relieved of pressure from having to miss classes.

“Any time that we can make improvements that positively affect students we are doing our job as an institution,” Albers said.
Along the same lines, Powell said, “Every decision we make should be student centered, and I am proud to work with a team that puts students first.”

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