Southern New Hampshire University is one of the burgeoning online universities that promises faster and cheaper degrees than the traditional colleges. While there are considerable questions raised over content of these courses and the value of the degrees, SNHU insists that it is reaching a population that would not otherwise be able to attain degrees. Ashley Arnold, 27, however, had to educate her professor that Australia is not just a continent but also a country. Update: SNHU has fired the professor. This type of story is particularly harmful for online universities given their perception as diploma mills.
Arnold is a stay-at-home mom trying to complete an online sociology degree with SNHU but was shocked when she received a failing grade on an assignment to compare a social norm in the US and another country. She picked Australia but the professor struck her grade because apparently Australia is only a continent. When confronted, the professor who holds a Ph.D in philosophy explained that she was quite confident that Australia is not a country. Arnold patiently sent sources showing that Australia is the sixth largest country in the world.
Nevertheless, the professor maintained her position that Australia is a continent but agreed to research it.
I will gladly re-examine your week 2 milestone project report. But before I do I want you to understand that any error in a project can invalidate the entire research project.
Research is like dominoes, if you accidentally knock over one piece the entire set will also fall.
Australia is a continent; it is not a country. That error made it nearly impossible for you to accurately complete your week 2 research outline correctly.
As I mentioned above I will look over your week two paper once again and see if you earned more credits than I gave you.
Arnold sent more explanations that Australia is both a country and continent. The professor promised to look into her novel theory.
Thank you for this web-address. After I do some independent research on the continent/country issue I will review your paper.