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What Can Happen When A Professor Is a Tough Grader?

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Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer


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As another school year is kicking off on college campuses around the country, it might be a good time to look back at one of the strangest stories of the 2009-10 academic year.


It involves a thorny issue--grading--that always is front and center at colleges and universities.

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A professor at Louisiana State University was removed last April from teaching an introductory biology class because of student complaints about her strict grading policy.


Dominique G. Homberger was removed from the course, and administrators raised student grades.


This kind of "inmates running the asylum" mentality appears to be increasingly common in higher education. I've heard about a case where a university instructor, who did not have tenure, was fired partly because of complaints that he was a tough grader.

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But the LSU case shows that even tenured professors, such as Homberger, can run afoul of administrators when students squawk loud enough about grades.


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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)
 

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