Recently, on the AACS Listserve (American Association of Cosmetology Schools), someone asked for advice on raising attendance requirements from 75% to 85%. Back in my days as a school director, I was with a school that considered making this exact move – increasing from 75% required attendance to 85%. I thought it was a big mistake. Our students barely met the 75% requirement and I felt moving it up would leave us with a bunch of students not maintaining satisfactory progress.
I am happy to say that I was absolutely wrong in thinking students wouldn’t meet the requirement. When we changed the requirement, students started meeting the new expectation. I learned a valuable lesson, which is that students will perform to whatever minimum expectations you set.
As I was reading through the listserve responses, I was excited that most school owners/directors agreed that it is a good move to increase attendance requirements. We should raise the bar in our schools. As a matter of fact, if I was still in school today, I think I would set attendance requirements even higher. For better student retention, for better attendance, for better licensure rates, for better attitudes, and for better student participation, we should start to set high expectations for our students.
Brian Tracy once said “You can never rise higher than your expectations of yourself. Expect the best.” I love that quote, but I’d like to change it a bit to this, “Students will never rise higher than your expectations of them. Expect the best!”
Here are 3 tips to help you set high expectations for your students.
What can you do to raise the bar with your students?