« on: July 04, 2008, 12:10:18 AM »
I was skeptical of your warning about JMLS, thinking you were just pursuing a personal grudge. But then I decided to look up a few things. I checked a bunch of random schools, like U of Houston, Georgetown, W&L - just some random schools from different tiers.
The majorit of all the schools I looked at had anywhere from 0 - 5 students who left as a result of academic attrition. But JMLS had 36. That's thirty-six. That was such an outlier, it really seems the OP may have a point. If you figure collecting full tuition from 36 kids for a year, that's over a $1million per year they collect from the entering class. Not good. Of course, I was not able to check multiple years, so not sure if this number was an aberration, or their norm.
No grudge. I'll probably go back there if they accept my readmission application.
The facts are the facts. 36 isn't an outrageous number. I'm telling you the truth - they absolutely rely on dumping 10-15% of each class. I just found out that in my class of 80 (spring admits only), 10 were academically dismissed, with double that on academic probation. It's the curve and the way they write/enforce it.
I only learne about this after we took the K midterm, about a month or so before finals, when someone asked the prof how the curve works. Grades for any given one L class of D or F are awarded to no fewer than 10% and no more than 20% of the class. Meaning in a class of 80 students, anywhere from 8-16 students get D's or F's. Academic dismissal is set at 1.75, meaning that if you get more than one D, you are basically screwed.
And someone has to get those D's. My property professor straight up told me that had I taken this same test and gotten the same score a semester earlier, I'd be looking at a C/C+ instead of a D.
JMLS designs their classes to fail out between 10 and 20% of each class.
Last year they admitted over 450 students or so (I think), so 36 academic dismissals would be a lean year.....