By Lindsey Cook
University of Georgia
This is follow-up reporting on international program regulations at the University of Georgia. Read the first story here.
In half of University study abroad classes from summer 2011, every student received an A, according to documents obtained by The Red & Black. Seventy-five percent of classes averaged a grade report of A or A minus.
Lacking academic regulation of existing study abroad programs in certain colleges, a high caliber of students going abroad and a more liberal view of education by professors contribute to high grade reports.
Surveys ask students to rate “academic quality and appropriateness of workload for the program environment,” on a one to five scale. Students rated programs for 2010 to 2011 an average of 4.31 and programs for 2009 to 2010 an average of 4.17, according to documents obtained by The Red & Black.All colleges use program surveys administered to students to assess program effectiveness. According to a Red & Black Feb. 9 article, only a small portion of these evaluations is actually turned in.
Wayne Parrott, a University faculty member in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the chair of the Risk Management Committee at OIE, said individual colleges are responsible for academic rigor of their study abroad courses.
“It’s not for us to determine if the teacher is teaching what he should be or if the class is hard enough,” he said.