Interesting--and somewhat humorous--article from the Wall Street Journal about a new wrinkle to a pretty widely used strategy. I hadn't heard of this before, but athletic departments have long paid other students to follow around student-athletes to make sure they attend class. Problem with this is students can be rather impressionable when dealing with peers:
Case in point: former Jayhawk star Greg Ostertag ended up marrying one of the female students that had been hired to spy on him his freshman year.
So now Kansas has turned to senior citizens to be on patrol and monitor with more of an iron fist. This has not been a flawless system either:
Being an elderly class checker does have some downsides. Senior moments can be inconvenient: Jerry Robinson, a 67-year-old retired child psychologist, says he has waited for hours outside eerily quiet classrooms only to realize later he was in the wrong building or had confused the days of the week.
There is also some debate over whether this is the best use of AD resources. Pretty interesting read overall. Anyone know if Michigan has a class-checking system like this?
EDIT: Crap. I read the front page article earlier, but I guess I missed Brian linking this in the "Etc." section. Mods, delete please.