The system will be installed "using $75,000 in federal stimulus money," and will "detect the ID cards students are carrying as they enter large classrooms."
The opinions of exactly three people are mentioned in the article: The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, who favors the initiative, and two students who do not. The students, one of whom created a Facebook group resisting proximity cards, express the opinion that class attendance is a matter of free choice and individual responsibility.
I suspect that some students are in favor of the initiative, too - namely those who responsibly attend class and resent slackers who get a free pass.
Ken Pimple, PAIT Project Director