I have not been teaching long and I have only taught, in-class, at two private, nationally accredited schools. I am amazed at the pressure to pass inadequate or lazy students. Does every school have this pressure or just the private and/or nationally accredited schools? Does this exist when doing online teaching? Here's one example. I had a class with 15 students. Three students only came to class 1-2 times in 7 weeks then dropped. They were going to fail so they dropped to save GPA. I failed another 3 students who also never came to class, arrived late, left early, never did any homework, did very few labs, failed most of the open book quizzes, did not show up to class for the project lab (show up = pass = 17% of grade) and failed the open book, open note final exam. So only 9 out of the original 15 passed the class. So I had a success rate of 60%. I'm told that it's very bad and I could not be asked to teach anymore if it repeats. The students do an evaluation on instructors and my score was very high. So the students like me. I've been trying to reflect about what I could have done differently with the 6 students that did not pass the class. I spoke to the Dept. Chair weekly about these 6 students and he said I was doing all I could. He said he had the same students and they were failing his class. I could have tried to help the 3 that dropped with their personal problems but I don't get paid for that job nor do I want that job. The 3 that I failed I had been speaking with every time they came to class about their lack of work and failing grades. I spoke with my chair every week as well. I feel the class is already as easy as it gets. My chair says he isn't telling me to pass students but it does affect my success rate when I fail them which determines if I get to continue teaching there. Any thoughts? I know this is a long post/rant, but it is frustrating.