Wednesday, November 30, 2011
There, I laid it out, you all can gasp over the fact that I work for a 1) for-profit, 2) career college. Sadly, they've gotten a bad rap, mostly because we threaten the hell out of the State Colleges/Universities. But that's a rant for another day.
Oh, I suppose I should tell you to look at the disclaimer on the right side of the page that says that I don't speak for my employer.
As an Associate Dean, I carry a full teaching load (if you ask my hubby or kids, they might tell you it's more than a full teaching load - it's more like working two full-time jobs) in addition to my administrative duties. One of the things that drives me absolutely bat shit is students who put ZERO effort into their education.
School's expensive, especially a specialized school like ours, though we haven't seen nearly the tuition hikes that the State schools have. We sat down once and figured that for every F a student earns, it costs them approximately $1,800 in additional tuition.
As I was entering my grades tonight, I was dismayed to see that I have four morning students and one evening student who have earned 'F's. FIVE! Know what the common denominators were?
Attendance and failure to turn in work (funny, how if you don't come to class, you don't know what the assignments are and since I don't accept late work, if you're absent the day it's due you're screwed).
Every. Single. Student who failed did so because they didn't come to class or turn in their work.
That's not to say that the students who do attend are being "given" grades - they earn every point they get. I am not an easy teacher; I have high expectations and I hold them to it. These students are going to be medical assistants and healthcare administrators who have a good chance of giving care to me, my family, or my friends in the future. I want them, at minimum, to be competent.
All I can say is it's a damn shame when the instructor puts more work into the students' education than the students do.