The University of North Carolina Charlotte
The University of North Carolina Charlotte - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||13|
|Avg years at University||2.5|
|Research Quality||C+ (5.5)|
|Research Availability||B- (6.1)|
|Research Funding||B (7.0)|
|Graduate Politics||C+ (5.6)|
|Errand Runners||B- (6.2)|
|Degree Completion||B- (6.4)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B- (6.4)|
|Sufficient Pay||B- (6.0)|
|Education Quality||C+ (5.2)|
|Faculty Accessibility||C+ (5.6)|
|Useful Research||B- (6.1)|
|"Individual" treatment||C+ (5.3)|
|Campus Beauty||B (6.7)|
|Campus Maintenance||B (7.2)|
|University Resource/spending||B- (6.5)|
|Surrounding City||B (6.9)|
|Social Life/Environment||C (4.5)|
I made straight A?s in everything at UNCC. My research papers were excellent, and so good that some teachers cast doubt upon my authorship. I took it as a compliment at first. Right around the beginning of my second semester, I saw what my UNCC graduate program for what it was: a cesspool of insane competition and asinine political posturing among a bunch of spoiled brats. Apparently, some of the in-state students were teachers? pets during their undergraduate studies, and they were insufferable bullies and petty know-it-alls as TA?s and GA?s. For some reason, I thought that graduate school would be an opportunity to advance myself intellectually and not have to participate a mean-spirited gossipfest.
Was I wrong. Professors and grad students alike engaged in back-stabbing and sabotage of student progress. Undeserved favoritism ran rampant through the department. I met too many graduate students of dubious integrity and academic ability who were accorded much more opportunity than I was. I felt like I had to watch my back the entire time. I wasn?t the only one who felt like that.
I have not heard from any of the doctoral programs to which I have applied. Strange. I wonder what my good professors wrote about me.
My impression of the graduate faculty of my department is quite low. They were mostly idiots. Program directors should not have held such positions. Perhaps their Ph.Ds qualified them for their positions, but their personal qualities left much to be desired. Getting time with the graduate faculty was difficult because, I believe, I was an in-state student. Out-of-state GA's and TA's and regular grad students got much more help and attention than the in-staters did. I wonder why?
Some graduate faculty displayed open prejudice toward some students. Some students rarely attended class, yet they maintained a high average. Some of the very same students copied their research data straight from Wikipedia. Another openly joked about submitting papers that she had written for BA classes that she took in another school.This is just one department in the humanities-- one that seems to have gotten a lot of poor ratings. The rest of the school may be fine. However, had i known just how bad the graduate program was, I'd have taken out a huge loan and attended another school.
Then there are departments which seem to have no real leadership, as well as some who seem to hire the worst teachers. One department in particular retains the majority of its long-term teachers as staff members and never considers them for fulltime faculty positions, preferring to hire young, inexperienced, and incompetent graduate students to fill faculty openings.
In general, this university does not hire its own graduates for faculty positions. The last time that I looked through the list of faculty, less than one-half of one percent of the teachers earned their terminal degrees from UNCC. What does that tell you about UNCC's OWN opinion of its school?
If one seeks a liberal arts education, he should think twice about it, not only because of the logistics of employment, but also because of the general failures on the part department chairs to provide a wide range of subjects and to hire teachers whose CVs indicate a wide range of educational, work, and life experiences. The College of Education,the Religious Studies department, the English Department and the Athletics Departments provide good examples of this failure.
Unless there are sweeping changes in present administration and faculty at UNCC, my children will never set foot on this campus.Mr. Bowles would do well to spend some time speaking to both students and faculty IN HIS OFFICE to see the real picture and to hear opinions from students and faculty in an environment in which they may express themselves freely and honestly with no fear of reprisal.
I don't think anyone read my thesis.
When it came time to turn it in to the graduate school, I couldn't find anyone who would sign off on it. Apparently, the professors' forwarding addresses were erroneous because I never even got an answer from any of them.
In the end, I got three graduate faculty to scribble their names onto the signature page.
DO NOT ATTEND THIS UNIVERSITY FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL. THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY MAJOR SCREWUPS THAT I EXPERIENCED AT UNCC.
Anyone who spends even a smidgen of time being involved with the UNCC English graduate program sees the favoritism accorded to the thankless lackeys who spend little time in class, who turn in papers late (if at all, I wonder), and who spend most of their time brown nosing the faculty, but gripe and complain about how difficult life is when one must attend a school that is SO beneath them. These are the same people who get the recognition and the references to get college teaching jobs.
One prof put it bluntly: "If you attended CMS, that's one strike against you. If you attended CMS and got your BA from UNCC, that's two strikes against you. If you attended CMS, got your BA from UNCC and enter the English graduate program, expect to be ignored.You are just background for the out-of staters."
He was right, but he forgot something: Don't expect any meaningful letters of recommendation to get into a postgraduate program elsewhere.
I cannot recommend UNCC's English program to anyone, despite the fact that it is host to a few really good professors. They cannot even begin to make spending six or more years of one's life at UNCC seem like a profitable use of time.
To the faculty I say this: Shame on you. Shame on every d*mned one of you.
Assistantships are competitive in a very strange way. Totally incompetent grad students stay on to teach there.
Favoritism? Unreal. Some grad students don't even go to class but they pass and retain their assistantships.
I really regret having attended this school and having wasted my time there. I love literature and I hope some day to teach, but with this lousy MA degree from UNCC, I am having difficulty getting into a really good school to get and MFA (which is what I should have done) or a PhD.
If you are like me and waited for so many years and worked so hard to go to college, go somewhere else. Attend another university. Get an online degree. Go to a community college. Maybe spend the rest of your life drinking cleaning products. Just don't waste your life at UNCC --- at least if you're an English major.
I cannot recommend this school at all. ZERO points from top to bottom.