Monday, July 20, 2009

Class is back in session

Sunday was day one of 6 days of class. Eight hours, every day!

The first class is about evaluation and the second is action research. I had a little run in last semester with evaluation. A prof gave our class a total of three hours of instruction and three assignments. The assignments came without any supplementary reading. The prof offered no office hours. She only allowed communication by email on Wednesdays. I was determined not to let this negativity stop me. I turned in my assignments and waited for the results.

I was told that I had an 88.5%...I failed one assignment because she said I turned it in late. I provided hard evidence (time-stamped email confirmation from her)that I turned the assignment in on time and then she told me that I failed not because I was late, but because I did not meet the course criteria. You can't change your mind!!! When I tried to enlist the support of the administration, I was told to simply let it go, there was only a certain amount of attainable A's per class but not to worry, in my doctoral courses there will be no limit to the number of A's that can be issued by a prof...WTF? As I recounted the story, it pissed me off all over again. I was fuming for the rest of the day. If I weren't being sponsored by the federal government to attend this school I would have quit on the spot.

To this day I have yet to see my paper to find out what I did wrong...I wonder if I did anything wrong to begin with? I learned a valuable lesson! With the Advanced Research class that I am presently taking we had three assignments, an article critique, a literature review and finally our written proposal. I turned in my article critique and the literature review. I happened to check our online grade book and noticed I was assigned a grade for the critique, a BAD grade. I had already turned in the literature review, which meant 2 bad grades. I decided to take charge of my evaluation. I sent the prof an email advising her that I needed an extension for the written proposal until I received feedback from the literature review, because the literature review was a HUGE part of the proposal...She could have failed me if I had just let her continue to evaluate me without feedback!!!

I will say that being in this class with this prof has restored my faith in the academic system, so far...I will be optimistic!

~DiVa

Thanks 'areader' for your friendly reminder!