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College question....

My friend is taking online classes through Univ. of Phoenix. She failed one of her courses but was never once warned or informed by her instructor that she was in danger of failing and given the opportunity to pull her grade up and try to pass. Isn't that making it impossible for her to pass if she has no idea what she needs to do to pass the course? Something seems wrong about that.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 1:12 PM on Sep. 24, 2009 in

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  • She should be able to keep track of her grades and know her standing.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:14 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • She said they only post final grades at the end of the course, but they don't get shown an overall grade ever before that. -OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:16 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Does she take tests? how does she earn her grades? She has to get some sort of results for work done?? That doesn't make sense. She needs a new school if that is the case.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:18 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Also, they've told her she can't quit the program. Even if she stops taking the courses she still has to pay for the classes all the way through the degree. It seems like a money making scam to me. -OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:18 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • yes it does! Didn't know that about pheonix-good to know. Sounds like a scam
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:19 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • She said she does get grades on individual assignments and test and that she hadn't gotten any failing grades during the course at all, but when she checked her final grade at the end (this morning) she had failed the course and has to re-take it. So she had NO way to no that she was in danger of failing so that she could fix it.....and on top of it, she has to pay (over $300 a credit hour) to retake the course. -OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:22 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • They can't make her pay for something unless she signed a contract. If she signed a contract without reading it, the she's SOL. Also, she should have had some type of information at the beginning of the course that told her what she needed to do to pass the class. If she didn't get any grades back a day or two after a test, she should have questioned the professor or at least had a conference with him by the middle of the semester/quarter. She doesn't need to see an "overall" grade before the end of the course, if she knew what she was getting on her tests, papers, then she knew how she was doing.
    I don't think a college professor is required to tell a student they are in danger of failing. It's college, not highschool. She needs to take some responsibility about her grades and finding out requirements.
    missanc

    Answer by missanc at 1:22 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • She passed every assignment and test, but failed the course. How does that make ANY sense without some type of explanation? She WAS keeping track of her grades and assignments and had no way at all to know if she was somehow failing despite all her passing grades on papers and tests. As far as she knew throughout the entire course, she WAS fulfilling all the requirements. -OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • As a for-profit school, they are only responsible for profits, not students or education.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 1:37 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • I just googled "university of phoenix scam" and got SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO many pages full of complaints about how fraudulent they are....including information from former instructors of the Univ. of Phoenix online. It's almost disgusting. -OP
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:52 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

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