Voice: Class cancelations bad for return on student investment

When school closes due to inclement weather, most students exhale a sigh of relief, turn off their alarms and go back to bed.

While a snow day can be a good break for the overworked, students should be disappointed when classes are canceled.

When students pay tuition for a class, they pay to learn. Every time class is canceled, the class is worth less than it was before.

The best way to get the most out of tuition spent is to go to class every time. If class is constantly canceled, students can’t get the most out of their money.

This is not to say UCA is to blame. If the university cancels class, it does not do it lightly. There have to be serious safety concerns for the entire campus to be shut down. That doesn’t mean students should be happy about it, though.

When campus shuts down, the university still spends money, but gets no return on its investment. Teaching students is the main objective of any university, so when classes are canceled, the university can’t do its job.

Canceling class once a semester is not a big problem. Professors can generally compensate for one missed class.

Classes have been canceled twice this semester. While they were both on different days of the week, many classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday, both days that were canceled.

Professors who teach classes on those days may find it much more difficult to compensate for two classes than one.

College prepares you for a career in the real world. Each time you can’t go to class, UCA is less able to prepare you for your career. Professors can’t cover as much material or have to cover it in less depth. This means leaving out details important to your future career.

The gut reaction to canceled classes is one of joy, but when students look back over their educational careers after they graduate and move into the workforce, most will wish they went to class more, not less.

Students can’t choose when classes are canceled, but their mindset should be one of disappointment when the classes they pay for are canceled, not excitement.

When a sports game is canceled due to inclement weather, the people who buy tickets are disappointed and often angry, even when they can get a refund on the purchase. Students should feel the same way when classes are canceled, especially since they can’t get a refund on the price of the class at this point in the semester.

Students pay for the classes they take one way or another. With an investment like college that costs most students thousands of dollars, they should be disappointed when classes are canceled and they can’t get their money’s worth.

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