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I am a former instructor at an ITT in Texas
This place is not a real school.
Instructors are encouraged to lie about student's academic performance and attendance, when you don't and I wouldn't, problems occur.
You are also told immediately after hire that the students you will be teaching are too dumb to understand real college level work. Foolish me, I decided to try and teach them anyway.
I quickly found out that most of the students I taught could not comprehend anything more complicated than a fairytale. Yet for some reasons were completely convinced they were geniuses. Then I found out that the little assessment they give prospective students almost always tells them that they are, so the deception begins early.
Yeah, a bunch of mentally retarded, learning impaired, emotionally disturbed, dope heads, losers, and criminals are really smart. Okay, gotcha. Most of these people could not succeed at a real school. Engagement in true intellectual discourse is impossible. Their limited mental ability will only result in frustration and anger. They cannot accept instruction let alone correction. Many have flunked out of real colleges. Some are there for financial aid or in effort to keep out of trouble.
The faculty is a front; they are only there to lie about the numbers and make sure students don't drop out. They want that money. I even heard them joke about how dumb the students are. Yet they want their money. I was even told that I was lucky to get out when I did, as those who stay often have a hard time getting on at a real college or university.
If you are smart enough to understand this post, then you are probably too smart to go to ITT. Whatever you do, don't attend classes there, No good can come from it.
If you're considering teaching for ITT, don't. I'm not disgruntled, but am seeking other teaching opportunities and will leave at the first good opportunity with a reputable school, and here's why:
- Student engagement: a variable instructors (full-time and adjunct) are evaluated on, which is measured by the numbers of students absent in your course each week, as well as how many withdrawal or "drop" from the class (3 consecutive absences or absences for 50+% of classes result in a drop, and students can request to drop themselves). Ergo, faculty are ecouraged by upper management to fudge attendance records to better their engagement rates and minimize drops (keeping tuition profits rolling whether the student is actually in class or not).
- Student success: another key variable instructors are evaluated on, this one based on the total number of students in your class receiving a passing grade. If you fail a student - whether legitimately earned or not - you're penalized in this variable. Ergo, faculty are encouraged by upper management to pass all students, regardless of actual performance or comprehension.
- Predefined lesson plans: ITT corporate not only insists on standardized syllabi, but even lesson plans (down to exactly which assignments must be given each class). Any deviation or "academic freedom" is expressly prohibited.
The state and campus I've worked for are irrelevant as these apply to ALL ITT campuses and faculty nationwide. I've seen and heard of many full-time instructors and schools chairs being laid off in the last year (one I personally know of who was named school chair of the year before being laid off less than a week later, just before last Christmas), which not only suggests rocky financial solvency within ITT, but a lack of any semblence of dedication to the individuals in the campuses doing the work in the classroom.
The ITT work environment is very "sweat shop," not in the sense that anyone has ever physically mistreated me, but management makes no secret that faculty as seen similar to assembly line workers.
One last point of note: ITT no longer gives any sort of entrance assessment with any sort of qualifying score for admission. If you have a HS diploma/GED, can obtain student loans, and can fog a mirror (and that last point may be waiverable with a couple students I've recently taught) they will gladly accept your student deb.... er, I mean student tuition.