Center For International Students: Grade Average Prejudice!
Saturday, February 7, 200916 Comments
We all know there is a massive change between the high school style of learning and the University style of learning and this is found out after day one of semester one. It is expected that grade averages will drop significantly during your first few semesters. So here I am now in my 4th semester with a respectable 60-something average in a program that is anything but easy. I have a big problem with the fact that I am unable to use a school resource which I have paid for with tuition fees because of a grade average. I would love to hear what the CIP feels this grade average represents. If the exchange process was truly an academic process, I would hope they would find a better system of rating a student’s ability to learn and succeed in a post-secondary situation. This is Canada, a country where everybody should be treated equally and should be free from prejudice. The judgment that is being made is that since I do not have a cumulative 70% average, I am not “smart enough” to travel to another country to study. They couldn’t be more wrong. Once again we see an example of an institution clearly not following the ideologies that our great country was founded on. If a judgment this strong is to be made about myself, I would expect that the person(s) making the judgment would know a little more about me than my student number and the marks I received in introductory courses. Like all students striving to achieve a higher education, I take pride in the work I do and wish not to be deemed ineligible to learn successfully by the institution that I chose to be the best place to pursue my post secondary education. I ask for change in the Center for International Programs screening practices to exclude the act of prejudging students on the basis of their grade average. More formal and intellectual methods should be exercised (interviewing for example) to gain a true and balanced view on the people who apply.
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