But the switch, apparently happening on college campuses nationwide, may also have some ulterior motives. O'Brien quotes M. Vali Siadat, a math department chairman at Richard J. Daley College in Chicago who researched the subject: "Siadat said it's clear to him that students aren’t doing well on in-class final exams. Otherwise, he said, professors wouldn’t be eliminating them." Both sides of the debate are summed up nicely by another dean of education:
"You can interpret this in two ways," said Robert Bangert-Drowns, dean of the school of education at the University at Albany SUNY. "One way is, institutions for higher education are abdicating their responsibility for having high standards and demanding high performance from their students. But on the other hand, if you looked at a lot of final exams in courses you’d think, ‘This is not a very valuable standard.’ These tests ask the kind of questions that students may never be asked again in their lives, in detail that they may never be asked again in their lives."