• Report: #1056779

Complaint Review: BHUC

  • Submitted: Wed, June 05, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, June 05, 2013

  • Reported By: Anonymous — Baltimore Maryland
BHUC
Internet USA

BHUC self-serving faculty and staff Internet

*Author of original report: Bully grad advisor

*Author of original report: Orwellian Corporate Citizenship Part of Master Plan

*Author of original report: Media spin thumbs down on UDC reputation!

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No one likes to complain about an alma mater, but I have to make an exception because of the repercussions that one faces when or if one elects to come to this university.

1. Usually, students come here because it is the only public institution of higher education in DC. If you haven't lived on the East Coast, or come from a foreign country such as Russia or Africa, this used to be a great place to take a night course. Here, you might meet even staff from embassies taking courses. But a couple years ago, the open door policy changed, and now the only way one can take a course is via approval in a major program.

2. Entry into the university used to be an open line registration system. You went in with your transcripts and a registration form, and approval was immediate (if you met other basic college entrance requirements). Now, although the system is computerized, if you sign up online, you never hear back from the university! I recently wasted $50.00 this way, even though there is no need for me to go back, considering I have already graduated. But NO ONE ever got back to me, even after emailing the department head.

3. 80% of the time or more, faculty and staff NEVER return your emails! If you are IN the class, they might on occasion, but with few exceptions, they never return emails. So if you are applying to the school, and contact a Department person regarding entering into a major, you better be in DC, in person, and count on some back and forth visits before you meet whomever you must meet with. This set up, in my humble opinion, is quite asinine, and so this would definitely deter some would be applicants.

4. At the community college, the line to meet with registration counselors was at least two hours long. Please don't ask how or why they do this to students, treat them like dirt. You really have to be masochistic. And yes, they pretty much treat the students as if there is something wrong with them, and this is why they are at the community college as opposed to any place else. It feels positively penal. (And, believe it or not, there are a lot of fine community colleges out west that don't treat students this way).

5. The penal institution feeling exists in a watered down form at the flagship campus as well. For instance, like I state above, they don't return emails. The faculty, maybe because they have a chip on their shoulder, or some other reason to do with qualifications, will go out of their way to make a poor impression. Maybe they will spend an extra long time gassing about themselves, or maybe they will act as if you are part of the urban poor, or maybe they will even brag about how much money they are paid. All of this, of course, is typically in very poor taste, as if to perpetuate a sense of narcisissm. (Such testiness is also contagious--as if egging the students to become self-fulfilling prophecies of unstable problematic students).

6. Narcissism rules at this school. When I was first at this campus, the STUDENTS  were number one. They starred on the webpages, the basketball teams were terrific, and student camaraderie was strongly nurtured. That started breaking down about two years ago, when they decided to make it more corporate focused. After all, why have such high hopes if the average student is supposed to graduate and work at a big-box store like Walmart?

7. But precisely because they stopped nurturing the student spirit, and enacting this asinine corporate atmosphere, students are discouraged less and less from critical thinking, but more on the c***k c***k sounds of coins put in the piggy bank. And also, more students drop out of school when they transition into a summer job that becomes a permanent one. I mean, if they are going to work at Wal-mart AFTER they graduate, but get an offer to work at Wal-mart BEFORE they graduate, what's the big difference to Wal-mart?

8. If you are fortunate enough to graduate, no one has ever heard of this university. On the East coast, the children of the NW study, and their parent scheme to get them into exotic schools. UDC is not one of them, sadly. The universities around here, abetted by the newspapers, find it is their DUTY to practice a ridiculous snotty attitude based mostly on the ratio of money spent. They can offer the same quality course, but if you pay ten times as much, buying the Starbuck's version of fair trade coffee, say, they force feed everyone into believing the pricey version of university education is ever so much better.

9. The exotic universities literally have pipelines and networks with internship and other job slots for graduates in agencies; and the agencies, being doused with such graduates as CEOs, are used to hiring their own, in a rather inbred system. So the public university is out, and out, except with respect to the local government.

10. As if to overcompensate, places that do accept UDC graduates typically accept them as affirmative action types. So if you don't look like a poster child of the urban poor trying to move up in life, they won't want you. There is, after all, a standard stereotype of what the urban poster child is suppose to look like?

11. So don't be surprised that if you didn't graduate from UDC, you are treated like a lackey, but if you did, you are ignored unless you are a poster child. And of course, no one ever returns your email.

12. They are into backlash if they find out who it is who complained. Hey, UDC, it's not about self-serving egotism, it's about how to increase enrollment and retention, since that is what everyone is always complaining about. Maybe if they started changing the attitude of what we need vs what we don't have, and all these pity parties, and self-aggrandizement, and fractiousness, things would straighten up for a change.

O baby, it's a wild world, and it's hard to get by on a smile! --Cat Stevens


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#1 Author of original report

Bully grad advisor

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Another thing that one may labor under is the nasty graduate advisor, who basically treats you like a slave. The weird thing is that she can seem incredibly nice, but all twisted up around power and money. For instance, she can have garnered a huge grant but will be too cheap to consider paying students for their work. Furthermore, under the old system, when one had to ask for the pin every semester, the same pin literally gave the advisors access to the registration system complete with financial aid information, grades, and anything else stored there. All they had to know was your birthdate or student number to log in with the pin and they could see anything they wanted. So no wonder some of them act as if they own you. About 90% of them never return emails after you graduate, but of course they may still remember, talk about, and even keep tabs or continue to harass. Sad as the situation is in the U.S. they have not yet thought about revoking degrees (like they do licenses of practice) due to underemployment, or being employed outside one's major, or changing fields. But maybe that day is coming! The advisor I had would click her heels with joy, most likely, or rub hands, thinking about all the potential additional debt student could sink into. She was just that kind of new world order type, I mean, a wonderful field trip meant a trip to the IMF World Bank, those shysters who have forced so many countries to heel to the commands of the 1%, so she's enthralled with the 1% companies. No wonder she is still after me, for not being the same way. Maybe a lot of academic kooks are like that.

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#2 Author of original report

Orwellian Corporate Citizenship Part of Master Plan

AUTHOR: Anonymous - ()

Talk about creepy, here is a link to the final campus master plan. Look on page 43. There it is in plain words, "iv. Policy Edu 3.2.2. Corporate Citizenship." There is more about that at http://www.bcccc.net/index.cfm?pageId=2192. What does corporate citizenship translate to but top-down thinking, conformity, etc. So from K-12, students learn how to be nice people, but from grades 13-18 students become indoctrinated in the rules of the jungle albeit washed over with Edmund Burke style "it's all about good PR" (regardless of ethics) rhetoric. What happened to "Responsible Citizenship" or "Patriotic Citizenship" or "Ethical Citizenship" or anyone of a number of descriptors that privileges citizens with humane, independent thought? 

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#3 Author of original report

Media spin thumbs down on UDC reputation!

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13. I forgot to mention that their Career Center is inadequate. It is understaffed, and the person who staffs it (like so many others on campus) is there more as a gold brick and has a miles long vitae listed under his name. There seems to be a hidden network for favorites, but the rest are shown monsterjobs.com or nace. The Career Center is used as a stepping stone for staff and faculty to move up or on. Reverse racism? You don't say! Even if they hire their quota of other races, the atmosphere is poisoned by racial dialectics, racial reasonings or misinterpretations, and racial politics or the politics of race used to rationalize every other act.

14. The HBCU psychology was originally to help empower disadvantaged B, but when there are other disadvantaged minorities, how is empowerment supposed to be redefined? And also, if you are empowering, why does that have to smack of reverse racism, which is exactly the milieu in behavior encouraged, form, egging and teaching students such subtleties? Is egalitarianism too hard to spell?

15. It has potential to be a fine university, but NO ONE, NOT EVEN GRADUATES are going to promote UDC unless they really start treating students with more respect and dignity, so the students learn to do the same among themselves. Not everyone who comes here needs to have to learn to kiss-a*s with B. just because they are not B. for instance. That kind of attitude is a MIRROR image of what those narcissistic overpriced universities are doing, which is why they (those universities combined with negative or patronizing media coverage) are winning the race to close it down. Unless the graduates can hold their heads up high, regardless of skin color or age or gender, unless more graduates can be placed in decent jobs, unless more graduates are treated with respect and dignity  by the world at large...they will never have a real Alumni Association, just one comprised of the same old B.

O baby, it's a wild world, and it's hard to get by on a smile! --Cat Stevens

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