The Learning Resource Center manager called the absent students the first hour, at our campus -- but students never actually answered their phones. The idea was that any info gathered by her was passed on to faculty, and then they were supposed to put that into the gradebook under attendance comments. Then faculty were supposed to follow up some more as soon as possible, by calling or emailing students later that same night, and pumping them for why they were absent, and putting details into S3 program. And a couple times a quarter, we were supposed to pester the D and F students to raise their grades, and put that into the S3 program as well.
Plus there was an "attendance checklist" faculty were supposed to fill out after class, to make sure they remembered to do all this stuff! Fill that form out, plus print out an attendance report from the gradebook, and turn them both in.
Recently, we were also supposed to enter all the same info into an Excel spreadsheet on an instructor network, for the recruiters to access directly! This was after the chairs and dean were gone, so the part-time faculty were supposed to pick up the slack I think Hardly anyone ever actually did this, though. How many times do you really need to say "unable to contact student, left message."
At one point, faculty were encouraged by management to pump students for info about their absent classmates, at the start of class. I had one student get upset that another student was sharing about an absent classmate's wife's emergency c-section! Good point! That is when I decided to just stop probing my students entirely.
Oh, and also every faculty was required to get the students to enter at least one assignment per quarter in the eportfolio, and grade the assignment via the eportfolio. Faculty teaching core classes were supposed to be pushing SPE's. Eportfolio and SPE numbers were tracked by headquarters, and the campus director was "competing" with the other campuses in the district.
Does headquarters believe the faculty really have little to do, since they are provided with curriculum and handouts for students, and students can access the online lessons? In truth, the curriculum provided to me was pathetic, and I had to spend much time rewriting it.