In Dean Catherine Vincent's pediatric pathophysiology course, all of her white middle-class students did exceptionally well but a Mexican-American student in her class failed miserably. What was the reason for the minority student's failure? Could it be mere coincidence? It would not be the first time in history that a teacher handed out grades according to his/her racist beliefs. "Studies have reported faculty bias toward minority students in grading papers, judging clinical performance, and assessing written examinations" (Villarruel, Canales, & Torres, 2001). "Nurse educators need to acknowledge that, with a few exceptions, racism is endemic in our programs" (Barbee & Gibson, 2001).
What can be done when the faculty at Oakland University sides with Dean Vincent? Isn't it convenient that her exams are graded by hand affording her the opportunity to grade exams in any manner she pleases including racist ones?
Whites make up 86% of the registered nurse population. Despite the dramatic increase of Hispanics in the U.S., there has been no significant increase in the number of Hispanic nurses. I wonder what's keeping Hispanics out of nursing?
May 31, '02
Of course the Mexican-American student is myself. I did recommend that my exams be independently reviewed. I was told by the committee they would not dare grade another professor's tests. I also asked Dean Vincent what the other student's grades were (no names just the scores) which she refused. According to Dean Vincent and students in my class, everyone did remarkably well.
I want you to know how difficult it is to prove you are being discriminated against. But I could definitely sense her hatred. I am a graduate student who graduated cum laude in my undergraduate. I have never failed a class in my college career. The material in Dean Vincent's peds pathophys was too easy to fail. Her exams were straight memorization.
Last edit by manuelvillanueva on May 31, '02