I returned to Modesto Junior College to become a more marketable commodity. Your paper says that MJC is on accreditation probation. Why? Most of my classes were top-notch. I hope it does not compromise my associate of arts degree in English.
But, there was one class. When I failed to do well on the first test, the educator told me that I should have gone to her Web site. The answers were posted before the test.
I did not sit in class next to my best friend and text her throughout the entire course. I actually purchased and read the required textbook. I studied two weeks for a final that consisted of the class being grouped into four groups of 25 to write a one-page composition.
When I complained, the educator told me that she was able to determine who was prepared and who wasn't by walking around during the final and listening to the discourse of the groups.
She told me something about the importance of tenure and passing all her students. Everyone in my group got a B, including the texting pair.
Based on transcripts and outward appearances, you'd probably hire the younger, techier, skinnier one. Good luck with that.
Editor's note: The probationary status does not affect students' degrees or reflect concerns about the quality of education in MJC classes. The five deficiencies cited by the accrediting commission had to do with whether comparable services are being offered on the east and west campuses, about a tracking system to evaluate faculty performance, tailoring courses and programs to the student population, and strengthening the planning and budget process. More information is available at www.mjc.edu/general/president/accreditation.