Great topic @mblatz,
Also, I like many of your points @John_Marlow and @Photomancer.
Lets layout the issues of student no shows based on their impact.
Impact on students:
- No showing for a full limited seat class stops other students from being able to attend
- Possible cancelling of class due to lack of attendance
Impact on teachers / committees:
- No shows pulling class under honorarium limit,
- Instructor not paid for class
- Committee not paid for class
- if using honorarium to cover materials instructor and or committee out additional cost of materials
- Class doesn't count towards the Committee's class count as we only track honorarium classes possibly effecting committee funding by BOD
- Wasting Instructor's time and effort
Impact on DMS Facility and Finances:
- Not paying an instructor or committee
- Locking a room or tool from use when it could of been open to the space.
No shows only really have an effect when seating is limited, materials are supplied, or when honorarium is involved. Between DMS Facillity, Instructors, and Students, Students will be the largest group and should be considered. But, students are also the consumer and the DMS facilities and instructors are the suppliers here. If we don't take care of these, there will be no students. Facilities is currently a minor issue as expressed by @Bill as much of the time the facilities are empty. But, we are losing teachers because of honorarium issues, especially when it comes to not getting paid. This has effects well beyond the teacher. Committees lose funding, committee heads lose interest in trying to support teaching due to high turn over of teachers. The loss of instructors hurts Students, because without instructors we have no students. Education is our goal here at DMS.
I would hope we can work towards a better system to support our instructors. Because this will lead to classes that teach deeper and richer subject matter. Rather than minimum safety classes, require access, or introductory topics. Or we can continue to tell struggling instructors to just buck up and take it on the chin.