I already posted this once at it disappeared.
Here we go again.
I'm a mature student who has
taken courses at 5 different BC post-secondary institutions at different
times in my life (and I'm an A student, so
this isn't sour grapes). I can say, without hesitation,
that SFU is absolutely the worst educational experience I have
ever had. Never have I attended an institution where
so many teachers are unqualified to teach their subjects and
where so many university classes are closer to the level
of highschool classes - to say nothing of the overall
university culture, which involves treating grown-up university students as if
they were 12. Among the “highlights":
A second year
course professor will dock grades if you don't choose a
variety of sources (ie: journal articles, books, web, interviews, etc.)
for your research. It doesn't matter if you can
most-thoroughly research your topic using one or two types of
sources. Why is this? Becaise he wants you to
prove to him that you know how to write footnotes
for these different types of sources.
A second year professor
docks grades if your cell phone rings in class, if
you're late for tutorial or if you hand an assignment
in 1 minute after the start of class. This
same prof, with a straight face, assigns a mere two
750 word papers, one of which involves writing a memo
to the Prime Minister in the voice of a warring
A first year communications prof has written his
own text book with a chapter on an industry I've
worked in for 20 years. It reads like the
unsynthesized collection of random facts that a lazy 12-year-old would
hand in in highschool. It is completely wrong, factually, and
so terribly written that it stands as evidence that educational
standards were just as bad in the '60s as people
claim they are now.
A large number of campus businesses
don't take credit cards. If you ask them why,
they'll say it's because they don't want to encourage students
to get into debt. (How 'bout some customer service?)
Critical thinking is completely absent at SFU. You'll be
lucky if you get a chance to write a paper
that involves anything more than regurgitating the professor's opinion on
things. Some professors I've had seem incapable of critical
If you complain, you will likely be told
“this is only a (insert year of course here) year
course” - which suggests that SFU officially considers it OK
to rip you off until you've done at least a
couple of years of uni. Don't try to get
around it by going straight into 3rd and 4th year
courses, though. They won't let you do that either.
If you are a serious student that's looking for an
opportunity to really learn and research and debate subjects, stay
away from this school.
I found UBC and Thompson Rivers
to be far far superior.