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California State University Monterey Bay

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD+ Faculty AccessibilityC+
Useful SchoolworkD Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueD+ University Resource UseF
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceC+ Social LifeC-
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsD+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Broken Spirit, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Condescending

Lowest Rating
Excess Competition
Highest Rating
He cares more about Academic Success than the average student.
Date: Jan 16 2010
Major: Unknown (This Major's Salary over time)
First of all let me quickly mention that the previous critic is a moron. Completing GE?s at a CSU with intentions of transferring to a UC put the nail in the coffin over his/her stupidity. Save your parents some money and attend a community college you dolt.

This student is one of many other brainless or brainwashed tools roaming around this so called Clinton School, an institute designated a liberal activist academy for severe left wingers back in the 90s. Not much has changed and as a school new to the CSU system and dependent on taxpayer money, it needs a strong overhaul.

I?ll go over the superficials first. The school is designed like a cookie cut out of a southern California suburb. Buildings show the dull colorless cubism of 90s architecture even a closr resemblance to some prisons. The ?nearly? completed library is nothing to brag about, modern architecture. Of course California?s budget couldn?t come close to fulfilling enough funds for computer access to most students and this one if no exception. As for the exterior of the school, the campus sits in the center of the ruins of Fort Ord, a once thriving infantry base that?s been replaced by a fourth-tier institution.

It houses well less than a quarter of the books any prestigious University offers or community college for that matter. Tech problems are normal with the desktop comps and the laptops and the reference desk is of little use. It has no special collections department and it doesn?t house books that aren?t linked to social justice. Dissertations are hard to come by which is understandable since the school houses no PHD programs; however, the resources here are quit competitive to the local Public Library. As a result, students scan quick intros off the internet and wiki for their research. You would surely notice this notorious trend quickly.Fortunetly, its has access to the entire CSU book collection and could get your what your are looking for withing a few weeks, not what I had in mind.

Where to begin on the education quality here; let?s start with the school?s philosophy. The school provides a ?unique? learning experience to its student be enabling them to be involved with the learning process. How does this work? By enabling students to teach other students, (and the instructor in many factors) and emphasizing democratic participation, the courses become a plethora of various ideas and theories. The question again: How does this work? IT DOESN?T!!! Instructors don?t teach but advise and the students run their thoughts around the minds of those too stupid to know they?re getting the run around from students who studied research for an hour the night before. Other students nod their heads in frustration wondering what they got themselves in to. Many more are on their laptops playing Farmville on Facebook. The class becomes a study of opinions rather than facts. I?ve met students who are too ashamed to complete the pathetic assignments and are willing to take the fail. Put that together with majors too broad to have one name (Social and Behavioral Scienc,e, Visual and Public Arts, Global Studies, etc.) since the school can?t afford to create independent programs for majors they combine them. I find myself constantly comparing my education here to my former community college, just not right.

As for the instructors, students play them like dice. Plagiarism is undefined, and the race to copy bias activist statements from Cesar Chavez, Ward Churchill, Martin Luther King, etc. and paste them into ill-formatted papers will only raise grades. It's not wise to conform papers discussing conservative view points. The academic advising is a nightmare. Chairs of each department are assigned to assist students in completing all necessary requirements for the major and the school. This is a task that requires keen strategy in order to fulfill everything within 4 years. Transfer students have it worse since many lower division major requirements from community colleges are not accepted at CSUMB. Humanity students must complete 3 semesters of foreign language while science students don?t. More ESL and less arts, sounds like a California public K-12 school right? You will have a very hard time graduating from this school in 4 years, count on it.

Instructors lack the skills in working with tech tools such as powerpoint so many presentations, and there are many, are interrupted by tech problems. Much of the class time is spent looking at blue screens over faulty technology. Under trained instructors in modern computers with no on site technicians??ahhhh the joy of Education budget cuts. You couldn?t be going to a more affected school.

CSUMB takes pride in its service learning, a mandatory community service requirement that speaks nothing of its mediocrity. By comparison, students at UCSC are fulfilling significantly more community service hours in their desired majors through community projects in a single quarter than CSUMB students do in their entire education. I?m not impressed and future job recruiters won?t be either.

According to my peers, common reasons to why students came to the school was because they liked Monterey and wanted to live in a beautiful place while others said they?ve live in the region there whole life and didn?t shop around. None mentioned anything about academic superiority. Sadly, the school is stuck in a toilet flush of students too dumb to provide anything sophisticated to others (since they are part of the learning process) and a faculty and administration fueling an academy of slackers. I attended a UC before I came to CSUMB and arrived hoping to find something unique instead of an academic runaround. What I got was a school dry of sophistication, academic integrity, and intellectual community. Thoughts and theory are elementary, creativity is unsupported by the school?s administration and most graduating students complete capstone projects only a hemp wearing high school teacher would love. I was once a liberal whose swayde to centrist views and has adopted a desire to complete my senior year only for the sake of graduating and moving on.

On the other hand, if you thrive for a left sided view of the world without any acknowledgement or respect of the other half and challenge to find resources in a school punished by state budget cuts and no grants, than this school is for you. But don?t do it on my dime.

responseI agree with you on your views of this school however I do not agree with attacks on other people and their experiences.

I was accepted to CSUMB with the intention of completing the General Education requirements and then transferring. And guess what? The advisors said that was a good idea and they fully supported it. It wasn't until a couple years later and thousands of dollars thrown away that I was told that wasn't possible. Maybe the dolt you referred to was told the same I was.

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