Complaint / review text:
I currently teach at Brown Mackie, and I know that what I am teaching in my class is appropriate for a 2000 level college class because I have taught at universities in the past. I actually chose Brown Mackie because they compensate their instructors better than the local community colleges. I have been impressed with the department chairs I have met, and I think they are quite involved with their students. My classes' grades are unusual because instead of having a bell curve they fall into two categories. I have students who fail miserably and students who pass incredibly. There are few in the middle.
I've noticed that many of my students feel entitled to a degree simply for showing up to class. They call me names when I assign work, and they plagerize papers like I'm not going to notice. Then, when they are expected to be accountable for their behavior they go on websites like this to discuss what a terrible college Brown Mackie is. Personally, I agree with the person who said their class reminded them of something out of Dangerous Minds. I think this school gives too many students a chance, and I think that they are quite lenient with students who should clearly be kicked out of their programs for disciplinary issues or cheating.
Here's the thing with Brown Mackie: Students are expected to take a semester-long class in 1 month. Many of my students don't seem to get what this means, and I think this is because none of them have been full-time students at a regular college or university. Students are expected to be IN CLASS 12 hours per week. This usually adds up to 4 hours a day, three days per week. Outside of class, students are expected to complete all homework and reading assignments. Basically, it is equally as time consuming as taking 12 hours a semester.instead of taking all classes at the same time, students focus on 1 course a month for the entire semester.
I think that those who are complaining haven't learned to seek out assistance when they have difficult instructors. All colleges have instructors who might not be the best teachers. My students have my home phone number and my email address, and few take advantage of it.
It's best to realize that college is challenging - that's why it's not for everyone. If you're not sure if college is for you then try taking a class or two at your local community college. Your classes will be slow paced, and they will be inexpensive. If you're looking to get a professional degree as quickly as possible, and you're not squemish about fast paced, college level classes, then you might check out Brown Mackie.