“The other three may be true, but in nearly six years of college, attending three different universities, I never once saw attendance taken.”
That is the truth! Once the university (read: ‘graduation factory’) gets their hands on your tuition, they could care less if you attend or pass your classes. PERIOD
I graduated a state university in 1982 with an engineering degree. My professors kept role, for the most part. What they did with those attendance records I do not know. We were required to attend lectures. I think that my liberal arts classmates skipped classes all the time.