Delaware County Community College
Delaware County Community College - Comments and Student Experiences|
They are disorganized & incompetent. My girlfriends husband graduated in PTK garb only to get a letter 6 mos. later, he hadn't graduated!! Unbelievable, I've got debt for F's.
Now, they've got the system down & I'm an online student-it's Thanksgiving-there's no one to communicate with!! I've got deadlines, but no access!!!!!!!!!!Lastly, although I've been a high gpa student (3.86), Due to those F's & some other mistakes, they put me on academic/financial aid probation. One would think the intelligent thing to do would be to give this student a heads up-not screw then on every turn. I am transferring to another school because this one is incompetent!!
All of the professors I've had at DCCC, at least in the paralegal program, are practicing attorney. Their practical experience is not in dispute. Where they are seriously lacking is their ability to actually teach a class, convey information, and provide a real education to students. All too often, classes descend into tangents, anecdotes, and other unhelpful miscellany that gets us all nowhere. Most professors don't want to be in class and dismiss early as a result. Grading is arbitrary, since most assignments involve writing. Explanations for grades are not provided, so students are left guessing as to where/why they can improve, and how.
I took two classes outside of the paralegal program just for personal enrichment, and those classes were moderately better. Even so, the professors still seemed to be a bit absentee and distracted by other things. I get that these people are adjuncts, but I shouldn't feel as if my education is their secondary concern. If that's the case, get another job.
The online experience is not that great, either. Two of my classes were entirely online, and the WebStudy interface made that a huge pain. WebStudy seems like a distance learning application from 2002, and it hasn't been updated since at least that year. The DelaGATE portal is clunky and tiresome to navigate, and also looks like it hasn't been updated since the turn of the century.
The financial aid department is unhelpful and provides ZERO communication. The paralegal program director either does not respond to emails or takes 3+ weeks to do so. Professors are inconsistent with email reply times and the helpfulness of their replies can be mediocre at best.With that said, DCCC has done some things right. Ample parking is available, the school offers secure wifi to students, and there are plenty of computers available throughout the day. Classrooms are clean and mostly updated, though some look bleak and decidedly Soviet in nature. If given the choice, however, I would undo this past semester at DCCC and choose to get my certification from another program, perhaps the online options at Boston University, Duke, Rutgers, and elsewhere.