Tuesday, May 08, 2007

For (Some) Other Things, There's VISA

Tuition for a year at Zenith: $36,000

What forty students each paid in cash and loans for my lecture course: $4,500

Average sum spent on books for the course: $100

Look on my students' faces when I told them that I knew how hard they had worked all term and the final was optional:



Anonymous said...

Only $100 for textbooks? Guess you have a lot paperbacks. Textbooks are marked up more than crack. New editions are total scam, too.

Tim Lacy said...

I'm not teaching this term, but I know it's such a great feeling to be able to lift a burden (i.e. finals) from 20 or more folks at one time. Good picture! - TL

anthony grafton said...

Nicely done. One of my professors let me (not the whole class) off a final after I did a spectacularly erudite, indigestible paper, based on foreign-language sources, for his two-term course. 38 years later I remember vividly how good that felt. Sounds as if you had one of those fabulous groups that come along every decade or so, and that you never forget.

squadratomagico said...

Number of students who will take the optional exam? Zero, I hope! (unless some of them need another assignment to bolster their final grades?)

Lesboprof said...

I have a friend, an Education Prof, who lists the "final as optional" announcement as one of the sure-fire ways to raise your evals. He didn't say how much FUN it is! :-)

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