Complaint / review text:
I enrolled in the ITT Tech Criminology and Forensic Technoloy program several years ago. I, as many of those posting these reviews seem to have been, was excited to go back to school and actually learn about something that interested me.
One of the first classes I attended was nothing more than a resume writing class, which was fine... Until the teacher told me that I should drop out and go to another school, as this one was not for me. WTF?! I ended up leaving the school for a short period of time because I did not approve of a teacher saying this to a student!
Whatever his opinion may have been (or his intentions good or bad) I felt this was inappropriate behavior and that he wasn't qualified to give such advice. I returned to the school a short time later, deciding that this one teacher wasn't going to allow me to get down on myself. However, when I did return, I noticed that many of the teachers would just sit in class and tell you stories about their 'on the job' experience. True, many of them worked in the fields that they taught, but I never felt that I was learning anything to put to use once I got into the field myself.
We had received a 'crime scene' kit at the beginning of one of the semesters, only to use it on the last day of class for about 15 minutes... Not exactly the 'hands-on' kind of classes that their commercials promise, now is it?! On top of that (and this was the last straw for me...) I had been going for a while at this point and although I had missed a few days here and there (if you miss three classes in a row, they drop you from their system) for work, but as I arrived to class one morning the teacher told me that I was no longer on his class list and that I had to go speak with the dean. I did so, and upon speaking with him he alleged that I had missed three classes in a row.
I know for a fact that I had not, as I kept track on my calendar specifically so that I DIDN'T make such a mistake. I ended up having that teacher come down to the dean's office with me, upon doing so he said word-for-word "I'm not going to lose any sleep if you're not in my class."!!! How dare a teacher, nay, a mentor to those aspiring to join the ranks of hardworking people in the field of criminology, say that! I understand that teachers have their own opinions and have good and bad days like the rest of us...
But how dare you say that to a students face?! I left the school that day and have not been back since. (And for those of you who may say that I should have tried harder or that it was somehow my fault and I was not doing the work, etc, etc...
I had the honor of being asked by one of my teachers (who also happened to be the dean of my particular program) if he could use several of my papers for class lectures and discussions.) I just can't believe that these types of schools still exist and that people are still willing to pay for these sham classes! My condolences to those of you who have had similar experiences and my congratulations to those of you who actually made it out of this school alive and with a degree!