Seeing one of the college’s many programs mentioned in a headline isn’t uncommon to those on campus, but in this context, we hope this doesn’t become a usual occurrence.
As mysuburbanlife.com reported, and was confirmed by associate vice president of marketing and communications Joe Moore, the college is investigating allegations of “fraudulent practices, favoritism, and bullying” from students that were enrolled in the sonography program from last Fall semester.
Five women stepped forward and said that the program accepted tuition and gave grades for a class that never existed; DMIS:1111 – Clinical Education I. The women also said that they received their money back and the grades were taken off of their transcripts, but according to the article on mysuburbanlife.com, those who did not speak up may not be in the same predicament.
The class is only available during the Fall semester, and did not show up in the current Spring course listing catalogue for that reason, according to Moore.
In addition to the claim of a falsified class, the students also state that program leaders gave preferential treatment to students through favoritism and for those that weren’t as lucky, were belittled as a form of bullying.
The article also states that students were denied the option of taping practical exams and students were sometimes named that would not pass into the next semester before final exams or grades were given out.
In these changing times, when so much is uncertain about futures or the job market, education is imperative to ensuring success. The college is selling the ability to learn and make a person more marketable out in the world.
While the college holds its cards fairly close and the investigation continues to look into the allegations, the important part to remember about the whole situation is the opportunity that the college affords. If the students’ claims are true, that opportunity for education that the college has increased through its availability compared to other institutions, is all for naught and should create better structure in the programs. Look for upcoming coverage both print and online as more information becomes available.