Every semester millions of student attend college and become pushed to their limits with the amount of work required to just pass a single class. Through being pushed, some can rise to the occasion and knock their grades out the park, while others hit a foul ball.
Those who successfully pass their classes move on to other things like higher advanced classes or graduation. But what happens to those who don’t find much success in the classroom?
Here at UNCG and plenty of other schools, there is an academic policy just for that. One thing that the average student may not know is that there are different levels of academic standing.
Of course, you have your good standing, meaning you’ve passed all your classes and have nothing to worry about.
If you’re a first-year student and fall short of the academic standards at UNCG you may find yourself on academic warning, taking a specific course and a limited number of credit hours.
If you’re not a first year student and fall short you may end up on academic probation, while also taking a specific course and limited number of credit hours.
But if you’ve failed to fulfill the standards of academic warning and probation, or have failed to keep up with their standards multiple times, you may find yourself on academic suspension or academic dismissal.
But how does this benefit anyone? In what way does having these policies in which students are punished for not doing well help anyone?
First of all, of course there should be help given to a student when they find themselves struggling to succeed but to sit a student out for a semester or full academic school year seems really harsh and unnecessary.
It’s as if UNCG is giving a “time out” to an adult college student, and if there is one thing that young adults don’t typically appreciate, it’s being treated like a child.
How can a student become better at something by not even participating at all? It’s like turning your back on someone who needs help.
What the school should be doing is offering various ways for a student to better themselves and succeed. Some programs may include a study skills class, specific tutors for the student, and a mentoring program that can allow someone to check in on the student, see what’s going on with them and help them solve their issues.
If UNCG can invest their time and money into their students’ success, then they can hopefully see their students flourish during the years spent here.
Secondly, UNCG can benefit in so many more ways by allowing their students to keep trying to succeed as much as possible.
It’s no secret that most colleges love money, and UNCG is no different. By mandating students to not attend school, they are losing out on a lot of money that can be used to help improve the school in various areas.
This money could be used to fund clubs and organizations, it could supply jobs for students, it could help fund buildings for programs for students, etc.
One of the biggest things about academic policy that we hear as UNCG students is the Academic Integrity Policy.
Every quiz, test, or assignment we turn in as students has a specific part for us to sign saying that we followed the academic integrity policy here at UNCG. But it’s not like that has ever stopped someone determined to cheat from breaking the policy.
I’m sure almost every student has seen, known, or been guilty themselves of cheating during a test or quiz. I personally have witnessed a classmate’s iPhone go off and Siri repeat the first question and answer out loud to the entire class because they forgot to plug their headphones all the way in.
Since the class was so large the professor couldn’t even tell who’s phone it was so they kept on and cheated the rest of the way through the test earning an A+ on the test even though the person agreed to the academic integrity policy.
So how did the policy even help? In what way did it stop a student? In what way does it stop every student here at UNCG from cheating?
The simple is answer is that it doesn’t. At all.
So what’s the point of even having it to begin with? It seems like it’s only there just to be there.
Sure, cheating is bad. It’s an awful thing to do. But as I’ve seen plenty of times before, students are going to do it anyway.
Academic Policies have been involved in schools since their creation. But is there a reason for them to still be there? The answer is easily no. The only way to help them find reason is to find some heavy reform that protects the student and their ability to succeed while only focusing on the school’s “rights”.
Hopefully UNCG and other schools can find many ways to do this, but unfortunately, that doesn’t seem like it is currently happening. So to students’ dismay, it seems like a wasteful academic policy is here to stay.