I will never recommend anyone to go to this school. I am a Phd. student in English Literature and criticism program. My supervisor, Dr. Ling Yan Yang is so weak and confusing. Today she tells you to do something and tomorrow she forgets it and makes you start over again. I am revising my proposal for two years now. Guys be careful this school will destroy your future. And if you try to complain against a professor, nobody will care about you. Teachers here are unprofessional and moody. Most of them are psychologically disordered. Dr. Orchard helped a guy to graduate in three years though he writes nonsense. while made another wait 6 years just because he hates him. I am waiting to see if they will destroy my future just because I am writing this review?!
The CJ department has issues. There are 1 or 2 great professors but the rest are prima donnas. Don't get me wrong, undergraduates are treated much better here than graduate students. Graduate students are often treated poorly, neglected, and ignored. You will be lied to. You will be told that you can take summer courses but then denied the chance because you must sit for qualifiers after taking 18 credits. You will also be told that your are doing well in a class and then failed without explanation (some grades and even assignments get changed after the fact in great contrast to a course syllabus). Faculty look after each other and could care less about you the grad student (so, don't complain - it gets you now where). More importantly, you could have a 4.0 but if you fail a qualifier you can be kicked out and you will not be told specifically what you did wrong or right, rather you will be told, "We do not comment on specific papers." They only give general test taking tips. That's right folks, no advice about what you did right or wrong, only "eat a good breakfast before the test... you can do it. Many have." The joke and reality is that this is academic hazing. Do the right thing, don't waste your money here. Some will get a slave wages graduate assistantship but those who don't will never get offered one. If it's your dime, spend it wisely. Don't move away from family, and definitely don't leave a good job to come here. Don't believe me? Try a Google search on "IUP, Criminology, lawsuit" and see what comes up. They appear to get sued every other year or so. Also, this school is consistently ranked low for a reason in this major. They have very little research opportunity, and most professors have very little realworld experience beyond the classroom and the ivory tower research.
My advice is to go somewhere else. This same program exists cheaper at other schools. They seem to let anyone with pulse into a "doctoral" program. Some faculty are nice, but overall they don't have a clue. If the GRE is holding you back then retake it. Try Rutgers, Maryland, Northeastern, or Nebraska. If you come, be warned. Hindsight is 20/20
“The teacher eduaction programs here are disorganized, adviso
Sep 02 2005English
The teacher eduaction programs here are disorganized, advisors are not as helpful as they should be, and the professors don't seem to do a very good job of managing class time. Pennsylvania Dept of Education laws, rules, and policies governing certification are not clarified on certain department websites so that it is very easy to miss something and then find out a year after you've begun the program that you are missing credits that you should have had prior to beginning the program. Also, internship placements (for graduate students at least) don't seem to happen until it's almost too late.
“A solid program, cost effective with a reasonable
Mar 25 2002English
A solid program, cost effective with a reasonable residency requirement for more mature students. It is possible to get through this program without having to be a graduate assistant slave to an unsavory batch of undergrads. Faculty seems concerned with Teaching and while a bit limited the library is sound. A grad student needs a car here.
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