… to bring you this special message.
I just got the funniest email from the Sauder School of Business, parts of it are reproduced below. It’s titled COMM 299 Winter Term 2 – Assignment #1. Homework in university over the winter break?! Hmm… it’s an online assignment/survey type that takes 40 minutes, so I didn’t mind too much. Then I read the rest of the email.
For the second term of your Comm 299 class you will be learning all about how to figure out what you want in a career and how to land your dream job. It is a very rewarding and powerful part of the course. […] Developed at the Harvard School of Business, you will receive much personal value from this assignment. See below for details.
Assignment #1: CareerLeader online assessment (5%)
1. Pay the MANDATORY $17.50 (taxes included) fee online at [URL]
2. Take the online assessment using the following details at [URL]
3. Print out the “Narrative Report” and bring it to class during week of Jan. 12-16 […]
* The system is setup to ensure that you can take the assessment immediately even if you do not pay before taking the assessment. We recommend you pay before beginning the assessment to avoid forgetting. But you must pay nevertheless no later than March 31 at noon. Failure to do so will result in your grades being withheld resulting in a “0” grade for the course. [emphasis added]
Wait what?! It’s a 5% assignment, that requires payment, and if we don’t pay we fail the course?! Such a bright outlook for the future of business schools. So apparently the cost is there because the class taking the assignment is very large. This is ALMOST as a good as paying $45 for a piece of paper with a password on it so I can do my econ labs online.
P.S. – Lack of updates due to exam season. I’ll be done on Tuesday and will be back with a TON of uber awesome posts =D
UPDATE: You know what? I did get some great insight from this CareerLeader survey. My professor is a huge fan of this assessment so I thought, hey, there must be some merit to it eh? Although the results weren’t what I expected, it did open my worldview to other possible career options to complement my law school journey after undergraduate years. COMM 299 is slowly becoming one of my most enjoyable classes this term. But come on Sauder, couldn’t you subsidize this?!
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Oh and there are also these things called “student fees”. If you don’t don’t pay up… you get kicked outta school 😀
So I guess $17 isn’t all that bad — relatively speaking.
Lol good point. Those costs seem more implicit because it’s all lumped together XD And plus my tuition is like… negative because I kept dropping credits =O
I thought that was weird too! Ugh, 299 is so annoying.
that’s annoying. i mean, sure we have to pay for courses textbooks. but really, if you choose not to buy a textbook, you don’t automatically fail a course.
that said, maybe the faculty already subsidizes part of the cost per student? still, career services offers this kind of thing for free or cheap.
I swear, they’re trying to make children even more broke then they already are. Rah rah establishment whatnot.
We used to have studio fees — but they put those in our student fees. Now we have a deposit on our studio space, and people in fourth-year painting have to pay it or they don’t get marks. Apparently 9 people paid it. Luckily I am one of them.
ok your tuition is like… 10% of mine
You’re taking a second year course o.O Woah
Just think of it as purchasing a mandatory text… …from which the final exam is based… …so you need it to pass… …$17.50 for a text is a lot better than $150 😛
You’re getting a world class education there w/ an elite program that will make you millions in Hollywood if you work hard!
That makes me feel *slightly* better haha
According to provincial policy, this is illegal.
Do you have a link to the specific document? Appreciate it.
BC Tuition policy:
(That’s all there is. The government can change it as necessary, and it’s enforced by threatening universities that it’ll be written into law if they don’t follow it voluntarily. So your fee is not “illegal”, because the policy is not based in law, but it’s almost certainly against provincial policy.)