The average CCBC student will pay $3,234.50 per semester on tuition, books and supplies, and personal expenses, according to the college website.
These students are often juggling work, course work for multiple classes, and other obligations. In addition to their course hours and the necessary time for homework, some professors require their students to attend extra events. Not all of these events are free.
These events do not just cost money, but time as well. Though they may be informative and enriching, some wonder if it is fair for students to have to attend these events without an essay option. “It would be bad,” said Dartmouth student George Foster. “If the event is sprung up on them with little notice they can’t take off work.” He was not the only student to share this sentiment. “I guess I’d have to sacrifice working which means I wouldn’t be able to afford the event,” said Howard Community College student Corey Prosise.
Professors do seem to have good intentions at heart. They feel that their students will benefit from the experiences and grow educationally. That is after all what they are being paid for. High school teacher Lora Zerrlaut believes that every educator’s main desire is to see their students succeed and grow.
Some professors can see both sides of the situation. “My feelings about that are a little bit mixed,” stated Dr. Morgan Slusher, “…There should at least be other options available for the students. It seems a little unfair to ask students to pay for things and not have other options.” The CCBC psychology professor understands the student plight and offers extra credit opportunities in the form of events, but also gives the students the option to read materials and write an essay.
But, Dr. Slusher also believes that the professors also have the right to include events in the curriculum. Students are after all required to buy textbooks. He feels that if the information is supplemental and betters the knowledge intake it is acceptable as long as the event is presented early on.
The timing seems to be a very pressing issue, as well as the money. Teacher Melissa Inforna believes that as long as the information is given at the beginning of the course while there is still time to add or drop classes, it is within the professor’s right to assign extracurricular activities.
There are a lot of occasions where the professor gives little to no notice. “I’m broke! I can’t go nowhere! Guess I’ll take an F for this assignment,” said community college student Harry Carpenter. This does not seem to benefit the student at all.
Some students have valid suggestions. “I think that paying for any extra activity that you need for class is ridiculous,” said CCBC student Jamie Sherman. “I feel like it either needs to be free or discounted.” This young woman doesn’t mind going to the events. Perhaps her suggestion could appease both students and professors alike. Maybe after some form of discussion, the students and teachers can find a happy medium.
*Articles reflect the views of the author and or those quoted and do not necessarily represent the views of CCBC or the CCBC Connection.
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