This archived article was written by: Doug Trease
I feel compelled to share my observations and opinions about CEU’s circumstances. I must be in a totally different pattern of classes than Oscar Hunt because I didn’t recognize any of the problems he described except for the downward trend in enrollment. I actually read his letter twice, then read it to my wife for her opinion because I kept feeling that Mr. Hunt and I were attending totally different schools.
My wife and I are finishing our third semester at CEU, and both of us feel that our overall experience with the instructors here has been very positive. I have been carrying an average of 17 credit hours per semester in business-oriented classes, and my wife has been averaging 16 credit hours in art-oriented classes, so we feel we have experienced a fair sampling of the instructors here.
I have only encountered one instructor that relied on busywork to compensate for an apparent lack of competency in the subject. This was an adjunct professor, and this particular professor did not return the next semester. In fact, almost every instructor I have experienced has made every effort to help those students that wanted to be helped. Many of them come in before and after their scheduled classes to work one-on-one with students that are struggling.
On the other hand, I have observed some traits common to nearly every student that has ever dropped or failed a class that I was attending. These students tend to be absent a lot, late to class on days that they do show up, and inattentive when they are in class. They disrupt the class by constantly asking their neighbors or the instructor to explain things that were taught on days they missed, or they play with their cell phones or doodle on their notebooks.
I realize that there are some students that really try hard and still struggle to maintain a decent grade, but I believe that nearly every instructor at CEU will go out of his or her way to help any student that truly wants to be helped.