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How an American University Tracks Class Absences

June 23, 2015 9:00 am | By Kevin Studer

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One may have noticed that Lynn was recently featured on both NBC Nightly News and the Today Show.

The appearance on the network has to do with a new app that the university is implementing called Class120. Using GPS and WiFi, the app designed by Core Principle can track a student’s attendance to his or her class- es throughout the day. If the student decides not to attend, a notification email will be sent to either a parent or administrator to let them know of the situation.

“The single best thing to improve students’ success in college is simple: Go to class,” Jeff Whorley, founder and CEO at Core Principle, told NBC Nightly News.

The news show was able to sit down and talk to sophomore Michael Van Casteren about the app.

“My parents pay for my education. They worked hard their entire lives to make sure that I can get a college education,” Van Casteren said to NBC Nightly News. “It’s their right to make sure I’m using their money in the right way.”

Some students, however, are not so eager about the implementation of the app.

“I don’t really want to get in trouble when I don’t go to class,” said Kate Britten, freshman, to NBC Nightly News.

A few days after the story on NBC Nightly News, the anchors of Today, Tamron Hall, Al Roker and Hoda Kotb, were discussing the app on their morning show. Hall and Kotb were a bit hesitant because they felt that the parents should trust their young adults to go to class. They also argued that college is a time for students to be learning lessons for themselves.

Before students agree with the Today anchors and get up in arms about not wanting their parents to know about them missing class, it should be noted that a student needs to give their consent before their parent can start re- ceiving notifications.

While students are sup- posed to grow into adults in college, it never hurts to have that parent’s force behind them to keep them in line. Parents agree the app will be beneficial toward their relationship with their students.

“It enforces the bond between the parent and the student working to- wards the same successful goal, which is their success in life,” said Mary Lou Van Casteren, Lynn parent, to NBC Nightly News.

Lynn is hoping to become the first school to fully implement the app.