Macroeconomic Students Struggle with Incompetent Teaching

Macroeconomic Students Struggle with Incompetent Teaching

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Ashley Medven started this petition to Manish Pandey (Department Chair of Economics - University of Winnipeg) and

My name is Ashley, and I am a student in Dr. Chen’s Introduction to Macroeconomics (1103-007) class. I am enrolled in a 3-year bachelor's degree in Business at the University of Winnipeg. 

I take pride in calling myself a University of Winnipeg student. The University of Winnipeg represents many elements I believe in, such as open communication, culture, diversity, and small class sizes. I chose the University of Winnipeg because the campus is filled with students of all ages, ethnicities, talents, and passions. Many students who walk through the campus leave an imprint because they have been taught well, and the faculty help us all discover new strengths, and they provide us with opportunity as we take steps to further reach our goals.

In speaking with both sections Dr. Chen teaches at the University of Winnipeg, it has become apparent that 90% of her students have been struggling throughout the semester due to a number of concerning reasons. Dr. Chen moves at a rapid pace and forgets to properly finish each lecture, she is unable to properly explain lectures, and is unable to properly answer questions students have regarding assignments and exams; Her communication is poor, making it extremely difficult for students to comprehend her teachings, and she makes numerous grammatical errors in class, on assignments, and on exams which leaves students more confused and unable to properly take notes. Dr. Chen makes assumptions that the class should understand advanced mathematics and Macroeconomics equations, although we are enrolled in an Introductory course, and she rudely reminds us that her “12 year old daughter understands more math concepts than we do.” Our 2nd midterm took place on Friday, March 13th, 2020 and she was not present, she did not provide guidance or instructions to her Teaching Assistant, and if students had any questions or concerns, the TA would have to “text” Dr. Chen, and wait for a response - we had 50 minutes to complete the exam, with approximately 60 students in each section, leaving this form of communication unattainable and inappropriate. Our most recent concern is the distribution of our results from our 2nd midterm and uploading the incorrect grade percentages to students.

From the beginning of this course, her students have been overwhelmed with stress and anxiety over how this course has been delivered. We have expressed our concerns to the Department Chair of Economics, Manish Pandey, at the beginning of the semester and took his considerations to heart. He expressed that students should utilize her office hours and begin an open line of communication before we took further action. After following his advice, we continued the semester, leaving her office and lectures with more confusion, frustration, and anxiety. As her students, we were barely getting by with in-person lectures, and now, due to the rapidly growing Covid-19, our in-person classes have been cancelled and our lectures have been taking place online through Zoom sessions. She has failed to teach course material through our Zoom sessions, and we have now been told that we must self-teach ourselves Chapter 16 and Chapter 17.

I have reached out to all students from Dr. Chen’s sections at the University of Winnipeg, and I have received an alarming response from classmates experiencing the same struggles that I have previously outlined. I have started a petition on behalf of myself and my classmates, because we are pushing ourselves, spending additional money on outside materials, spending numerous hours on the studies of Macroeconomics each night, and making ourselves sick, so we can at least have a chance at just passing the course.

As students, and international students, we are paying large amounts of money to the University of Winnipeg to be well-educated from an institution we truly believe in, and I would like all students, present and future, to get the education they deserve. We strongly believe it will not be done under the guidance of Dr. Chen.

My goal of this petition is to help my classmates, and myself, get the grades we deserve and require in order to pass this course to continue our education. It is not fair or reputable to have so many students suffer at the account of a professor from a well-known institution. There should be resolution to this situation, and it should benefit all students involved. 

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