Why I’ll never offer an extra credit assignment: Stauffer

January 18, 2019

“I know other professors have their sensible rationales for offering extra credit … But I don’t apologize for not offering extra credit and never have,” writes Wayne Stauffer. The author asserts that the main problem with requests for extra credit assignments is that they mark an attempt by students to choose which assignments they have to complete and which ones they do not. For Stauffer, this insistence on choosing which assignments to complete (and when to complete them) marks a destructive overreach by the culture of consumer choice while undermining the notion of consequences or personal responsibility for one’s work. Inside Higher Ed (International)