College to introduce new “Hourly Digest” emails
By Benjamin Pontz, News Editor
In response to recent data from the Campus Climate Survey that showed a concerning lack of student engagement, college officials announced the creation of new “Hourly Digest” emails that will appear in students’ inboxes 24 times each day.
Other notable developments include the elimination of one’s ability to unsubscribe and mandatory weekly “Digest Quizzes” to test students’ comprehension of the emails. Students with poor scores on the quizzes will be penalized in the housing lottery and likely will have to participate in weekly community meetings to boost their campus engagement.
“We want to ensure all of our students have the most up-to-date information right at their fingertips,” explained Diana Cronkite, Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Residential & First-Year Programs and Associate Dean of College Life for Required Student Community Engagement. “That’s why we developed the hourly digest: to ensure you can have all the information you need all the time, whether you want it or not.”
Student feedback has been mixed. While one RA expressed excitement at the prospect of facilitating additional community meetings, most students shrugged and said that since the quizzes are on Friday afternoons, at least they’ll have forgotten about them by Saturday mornings.
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