Despite the UNC Board of Governors’ assertion that the new drop/add policy is for the benefit of professors, many faculty members have voiced opposition to the shorter window of time to drop a course.
The board passed a systemwide policy in April that requires students to drop classes within 10 days or a withdrawal will be added to their transcripts. It will be implemented in fall 2014.
Advocates of the new policy say the change is intended to make classrooms more efficient and standardize policies across the UNC-system campuses. N.C. State University and UNC-CH are the only universities not currently following the policy.
But among faculty there is confusion about the motivation behind the decision.
“To be honest, I don’t understand what the problem is that the policy is intended to solve,” said W. Fitzhugh Brundage, chairman of the history department.
He said he doubts the reasoning applies to UNC.
Brundage said there is a generally held belief among faculty that the policy will be more problematic than beneficial.
Beverly Taylor, chairwoman of the department of English and comparative literature, agrees that the 10-day policy is extreme, but said there were problems with the current drop/add policy.
“I always thought it was a pretty long drop period,” she said. “And that can be unsettling for faculty as we invest a great deal of time and work in individual students in eight weeks.”