The "freshmen 15" is a serious issue that many students deal with when they first go to college. Between eating late and drinking more, many young adults put on weight and they put it on fast.
Rather then look the other way like other colleges do, Oral Roberts University has decided to attack the issue head on. The Oklahoman educational institution has decreed that incoming students shall wear Fitbits in a bid to monitor the exercise levels of its freshmen. The data collected goes to the school and could impact the grades of students outfitted with the monitoring devices.
Details on how much activity students will be required to exert have been in short supply, but ORU President William M. Wilson is confident this approach will be a natural fit for the school.
“ORU offers one of the most unique educational approaches in the world by focusing on the Whole Person – mind, body and spirit… The marriage of new technology with our physical fitness requirements is something that sets ORU apart. In fact, when we began this innovative program in the fall of 2015, we were the first university in the world to offer this unique approach to a fitness program.”
Do you think that this is unfair, or a policy that many schools should (or may soon) adopt in the future?
Should the health of the student body be a concern that the University addresses?