May 18, 2005

Sci/Tech BS

A previous blog of mine managed to grab some attention from the university administration back in February as I complained about a couple of the professors and against better judgment, I'm here to do it again...

Previously I had expressed some displeasure and reservation over an instructor without teaching experience...I felt bad once the course got more underway because he seemed to get a little better idea of how to run things...well now I feel more justified in my hesitation and complaint that he lacked experience in this setting. I had a 4.0 for the semester until this jackoff submitted my grade...

If I earned a bad grade, fine...I earned a bad grade. But there is no way in hell that I earned this grade from him. I am an excellent writer and I was highly participatory. An A- is the bare minimum this guy should be giving me and even then I'd be a little pissed considering the vagueness of his rubric.

We submitted a written midterm assignment and despite our repeated requests for them to be returned, they never were. No attempt was made on his part to indicate his level of satisfaction with our work. I have no idea what my grade on the midterm was. We wrote research papers on a topic of our own choosing. I worked with him on the topic prior to writing it and he was rarely responsive. When I talked with him he never told me not to write it, he simply said it would be a difficult paper and should be interesting to read. It was difficult but it was a damn good comparative analysis of competing security concepts and how the US should proceed in making a trade-off. That grade was never returned either. All we were left with was the final grade posted online either yesterday or today.

So I'm going to stand by my original analysis and believe my instincts...
Mr. Science, Technology, & National Security Professor... YOU SUCK!

I will demand an explanation and I will not rest until I am satisfied. Sooner or later this school will learn, I am not a sheep and I will not be herded. I have a voice and I intend to use it.

Posted by Princess Cat at May 18, 2005 11:57 PM @ 11:57 PM in Grad School // Permalink

Does GWU not have a policy about the syllabus being a legal contract b/t prof and student? I would suggest you appeal your grade. Seriously. You can't let a professor get away with that shit. I've run into that before. The mere THREAT of taking the professor to the judicial board works. After all, the last thing a department head wants is to have the school paper write up a story about unfair grading...and so things usually get resolved b/c the dept head will push the prof to stop being stupid.

Posted by: Dorothy at May 19, 2005 10:19 AM

Yes, you should be able to get more reasoning and satisfaction because he's new. Now if he were tenured, it would be absolutely beyond any hope.

Posted by: Ogre at May 19, 2005 11:33 AM