The state of the university academic in America has already been worrying me for some time. It's all about money, connections, who you know and more. Today, the University of Florida once again reminded me why I don't approve of many university administrations.
The U. of Florida admitted 3,000 students that it normally wouldn't have admitted as on-campus freshman for their new "first year online" program. Problem is these students had no idea that were applying for that program, or that it was even something they might be considered for. They basically have the option to pay 75% tuition (if they're in-state), and do their first two semesters online before they have the option to become on campus students. It's similar to the idea of going to a branch school before main campus, except online only. And frankly, if I were these students, I'd be mad.
Not because I'm being offered some admission, but because it wasn't even given as an option to me. When getting my acceptance, I would be believing that WOW I GOT IN! only to find out that I got in, with some exceptions. Plus, playing nearly 75% of tuition just to go online only? Where you miss the experience of being in the class? Not something I'd want to be given, especially when I didn't want it to be an option.
Here's a hint, Florida: just make it a "check" box on the application that says "Yes, please consider me for the Online Program for First Year Students," or something else that doesn't designate you only as that but gives students who wouldn't get in otherwise a sort of second chance.
I hope they make proper amends to these students that they want to use as their test dummies!