Get rid of deadlines to improve student wellbeing, work quality, writes CHE contributor

August 24, 2016

“The conventional wisdom has long been that punishing students for missing deadlines is good for them,” writes Ellen Boucher for the Chronicle of Higher Education, yet mounting evidence suggests that deadlines do more harm than good to students. Boucher suggests that punitive deadline policies tend to decrease the quality and timeliness of students’ work by compounding the anxieties that lead them to hand in late work in the first place. These problems, the author adds, are even more pronounced for first-generation and low-income students. Boucher outlines her strategy for helping students complete their work without deadlines, concluding that “it's time we give our students the same respect and flexibility that we demand in our own careers.” Chronicle of Higher Education