One of my friends is now living in North America. He was enrolled in a Social Science-related program in one of the most reputed universities in North America.
Right now, his degree is hanging in a balance as he attended and completed the semester but the department says that he hasn't. Further investigation tells that, his teachers were adjunct teachers and they submitted their grades to the department and the department administration lost them. Repeatedly contacting the administration resulted in banning him from entering the campus, and reduction of some of his grades.
He wanted to get enrolled in a Ph.D. program but he was not allowed because his religious denomination was different. The people who were accepted had lesser grades or performances.
According to him,
- GRE and grades do not play much importance in Ph.D. admission.
- Personal relationships with teachers are the key to achieving good grades.
- Ethnicity and political alliance are important in determining someone's grades.
- The ability to pay money solves 90% of the problems.
To what extent are these three points true?
From my personal experience, I found that his thinking and perception are not fully untrue. For instance, my teachers are totally lying to me that a retake cannot be offered. I just discovered that retakes are allowed on the basis of teachers' discretion. I accidentally received one of the teacher's e-mail and it seemed to me that grading is done on the basis of perception, not on the basis of exam papers.
Dear Chairman! I received the following email from Mr. 'Student'. I rated part of it as follows: Mr. 'Student' Task one: */* (*%) Task two: */* (*%) Task three: */* (*%) TOTAL: */* (*%) How did the other parts go? I don't see him as an outstanding student - hardworking, but not that knowledge/learning experience. What is the department's policy in this respect (consultation, review)? Greetings, Mr 'Teacher' ---------- Forwarded message --------- Date: Day, Month Date, Year at hour:minue Subject: Regarding exam. To: Mr 'Teacher' <firstname.lastname@example.org> Dear Sir, My overall score is 3.5 which is unsatisfactory. Could you kindly offer me a Zoom session to discuss this? Kind regards. Mr 'Student'.
Do politics and perception play a role in higher education?