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June 16, 2013

Appeal heard by college trustees

Corsicana — In the open forum of Thursday’s Navarro College Board of Trustees meeting, a dispute between three students and grades received by them in the nursing program were appealed.

The three students received failing grades on their final exams in May, thereby resulting in them failing the nursing course. At a point when they expected to be utilizing their new nursing certifications to procure employment in the medical field, they are instead utilizing the knowledge of educational advocate Kathy Real.

Real used the allotted 20 minutes of the open forum plus an extra five minutes to present a power point presentation on the students’ appeal. In it she stated “These students challenge their grade in one course. They love the college, love their courses, but one class did not follow Navarro College guidelines, nursing accreditation, or the student handbook.”

Real told trustees that because of a “lack of sound educational principles, the course was detrimental to student success, and the testing procedures did not comply with Navarro College procedures.”

The advocate claimed that a “wrong test” was administered on April 17, and when discovered, was not thrown out and the correct test administered. Instead, the “wrong half” of the test was given as a makeup test on the same day students were administered the HESI (Health and Environmental Sciences Institute) test, resulting in “confusion, stress and frustration — and the students felt punished.”

She further stated that the final exam did not adhere to the blueprint in the class syllabus.

Following the board’s agenda business, trustees met again in a closed session, for the purpose of deliberating the appeal by the three students.

After the closed session. Dr. Richard Sanchez, college district president, said trustees had questions about the presentation they wanted answered before issuing a decision. Sanchez said trustees will review the responses to their questions, and are expected to render a decision at the July 18 board meeting.

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