the following is a letter i was asked to write to the Academic Director after spending several weeks having to literally teach my classes because out teacher was an incompetent boob... Also ITT "PRIDES" itself with their ability to work with the student. this is an example of them lying through their teeth. this one teacher was the sole reason for 5 students in my class alone to withdraw from ITT. im glad i realized how ITT works and how little they truly care about their students before i was too far into debt. also i would like to note that at LEAST 80% of the people attending the Dayton campus have NO BUSINESS being in school. many are "gangsters" and a few students were actually murdered in gang violence. yea guys a tech company is going to hire you when you talk all ghetto 24/7 and are covered in shitty jail tats neck to knuckles...
To whom it may concern:
at the beginning of this quarter i began my classes and my IT103 class operating systems. unlike all my previous classes this teacher was brand new. i understand that teaching in a new environment can be difficult, but after 1 class period with this teacher i was ready to put my head thru a wall. that very day i spoke with my department chair and requested to be transferred to the morning class instead of the evening class i was already attending (the morning teacher was different)i was told to try again next week and it would get better.
the very next week class was just as bad if not worse. the teacher would read word for word from the book. for me and 1 or 2 other students this is fine because we are proficient with computers. on the other hand all the other students just stare at each other and wonder what she is talking about. in our normal classes we get about 1 10 minute break an hour, in this class were lucky to get more than 1 in 4 hours. when she issues homework she tells us to do it one way, we turn it in, then she says she wants it in a different format and we are graded down for it. in labs we are told everything must be typed. half of us type it all out and then after we are done she tells us we could have copy and pasted instead of typing it all out... when students ask questions she skirts around the question and doesn't really explain anything. after this second class i went directly to my department chair and requested to be transferred. i was told that that was OK and
he would speak with me later that week. upon leaving his office i noticed that my entire class was lined up outside wishing to be transferred as well. the next 2 weeks were our Christmas break.
upon returning to school i showed up for the IT103 AM class because i was told that i was OK to transfer. after 3 hours of class i was pulled into the dean's office accompanied by my department chair. i was told that i was not allowed to transfer and that i needed to stay in that class because "my knowledge can help my classmates understand the material, and i can help the labs run more smoothly." i was also told that the department chair will be sitting in on the class from now on, and that i needed to just stay in that class. (funny side note had i NOT been truthful with them and said it was a work conflict i would have been transferred no questions asked. i am being punished for my honesty) at this time understandably i was unhappy. especially after initially being told that i could transfer.
the following week i arrived to my class and my chair was not in the class like he stated to me the week before. from 6 until i left at 10 my teacher was incapable teaching us anything. she consistently asked ME questions about the operating system we were learning about. when we got to the lab it was no better. i was forced to finish my lab a.s.a.p. and then walk from student to student and answer questions and help with problems in the lab. when someone asked our teacher a question she directed them to me. at our first 10 minute break i ran into some of the financial aid department in the smoke tent. i asked them what i would have to do to not give ITT any more of my money. they asked me what was up and i explained my situation to them. later one of the FA people stopped in my lab and saw for themselves my teacher sitting there clueless and me showing my classmates how to do the lab.
the next day i was directed to speak with the Director Mr. Johnston. i explained my situation to him as well. my main concerns are as follows.
1. i am a student. ITT is not paying me to teach my classmates, as i am not a teacher. i am paying ITT to (hopefully) teach me something. forcing me to stay in a class to help the teacher more than anything is fiscally irresponsible, and disrespectful of me.
2. for the amount of money students have to pay to attend ITT dont you think that the chair or at least the Dean would be on the side of the students? they may ignore me now but when half of my class fails because my teacher cannot relate information to us, perhaps they will see that it was not just ONE person with an issue.
3. for half of the price i pay to attend ITT i could just as easily attend a different school in this area. true ITT has a "good" % of graduates, but as all the staff are aware i am not your normal Dayton area student. even conveying to the staff that unless they tried to meet me half way this would be my last quarter of ITT they didn't bat an eyelash.
4. the amount of paper wasted in this class is enough to make me want to cry. i am no "hippy" but i do care about waste. when the teacher is given power point slides to help teach, and they are printed out for each student, each class period (several hundred pages) then we don't even use the slides and they recite from the book word for word, why do we even have a teacher? hand us a book, and give us a test in 3 months. saves you money and us time and effort. we even asked if we could get digital copies of the slides to help reduce all the needless waste we were told flat out "NO" and that it takes to much effort for the teacher to do that for us. (our previous teachers had no problem at all doing hat for us, in fact they encouraged it)
in summation i would like to stay with ITT i do like it here. i moved from Alaska to Ohio JUST to attend school here. but with the way i am being treated i do not see myself remaining here.i know that my credits will not transfer and i will have effectively wasted 6 months of my life, but perhaps other schools care about their students opinions, concerns, and issues. i didn't come here to regurgitate our course material to other student so that they can understand it because our teacher cannot, i did not come here to "lead" my classmates. i came here to learn.
to anyone reading this: thank you for your time,