musichica05 (musichica05) wrote in bad_service,
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Uni Bad Service

I'm still really annoyed about this, so I got a little rambly. I went to my (normally just boring and annoying) Thursday night grad class, and instead, I'm pretty sure, entered the Twilight Zone. My prof has always been a little flightly, though nice, but tonight she turned the psycho on.

First, halfway through class, she told us that she didn't really have anything prepared for the 2nd part of class, so she was going to drag the discussion out as long as she could. WTF. You don't say that, especially to a room full of teachers. We're pros at stretching, but you don't let the students know that. She also disappeared when we were 'discussing' in our small groups for over a half hour (she does this all.the.time)

Then she gives our first papers back, and all hell breaks loose. A bunch of people have problems with their grades, mostly because she did not use a standard grading rubric, but just wrote a letter grade at the bottom. Now, for a little background, our program loves to give out As. Profs are, generally, relatively easy graders, and they'll let you resubmit papers for better grades. The majority of people in my program have 4.0s, and have no intention of that changing. But, I digress. So, a bunch of people went up to talk to her during our break about their grades.
 
My friend, A, was one of the last people to go up. As they're talking, I'm working on our next project, when I notice A was getting upset. I hear her ask our prof why there wasn't a rubric, and how we should have been given a rubric before we handed the paper in. Then my prof loses her shit and yells "I WOULD HAVE BUT MY HUSBAND'S FATHER DIED!!!!" o.O I'm sorry, but we still should have gotten them long before the week before the paper was due.

What followed was, basically, an uprising against my prof and her grading methods. The 'rubric' she used (that she showed was) was basically 5 vague questions that she, after talking to others, could not apply uniformly across the entire class (One girl got an A- when she omitted a huge portion of the paper, while another got the same grade for not being as detailed in one small section as the prof wanted). She told us that not everyone could get an A and, after the majority of the class told her we had 4.0s, she basically said we were lying because she didn't get a 4.0 in grad school. Then, she gets mad and said that if we have a problem with her, to just complain then. (Maybe I will...)

Then, she mellows a little bit and (tries to) joke around about how she is an adjunct and she doesn't get paid that much. And how this is sooooooo much work. Seriously. I know women in that class who are raising a family, working full time, and are taking at least one other class, if not 3. You don't know work.

I mean...wat? Admitting you didn't prepare for class, disappearing, yelling at students, calling them liars when they say they have a 4.0,...Really? I'm debating sending in a complaint about her. Not necessarily for me, but because I know she is teaching the same class next semester, and I want the school to be aware of these issues, since the final evaluation will probably be too late to have any effect on her job.

tl;dr: Prof decides to employ her own unique grading system, yells at a student, calls students liars who say they have a 4.0, then tells the students to complain about her

EDIT: She just emailed the class and said that if we want to we can resubmit our paper. However, she won't grade them. She'll hold onto them until the end of the semester and, if we end up 'between grades' she'll read them and either bump us up, or keep us down. Just another thing to add to the complaint form.
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