cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The Journal Sentinel carried an article this morning about the Practical Nurse program offered by MATC. This program has been on probation for some time and that continues. Another evaluation visit is scheduled for the Fall of this year.
Low rates of graduation apparently had prompted the probationary status and the state Board of Nursing has been carefully monitoring the progress or lack thereof at MATC in this program.
Dessie Levy was quoted as saying, "When you talk about implementing standards, our (graduation rate) will reflect a decline because we haven't had any standards (in the past). She is Dean of Health Occupations for MATC.
WCTC has a similar program and it isn't on probation from all indications. I was unsuccessful in contacting the Associate Dean at WCTC today, but there is no indication on the state Board of Nursing's website that WCTC is anything but in compliance and good standing.
We have been told repeatedly that our secession petition cannot simply focus on tax rates because apparently the Technical College System isn't concerned about the waste of our money. We certainly can focus on substandard performance which seems to be the case in this program.
Students who have failed in this endeavor believe the fault lies with MATC and the curriculum. Stephanie Wren was quoted as saying, "They just didn't prepare us, and I believe they set us up for failure. When you have that much of your class failing, it seems like there's something wrong at that point."
How many other instances of low standards or no standards are there within MATC?
Another reason to petition for secession and permission to become part of the WCTC district in my opinion.