OT but for you college professors who get papers/labs in this type of format, what do you do with them? Is it an immediate failing grade or do you actually push yourself to grade it?
Given what's allowed to graduate from many of today's colleges, I have no trouble believing she's a student.
Attempting to be charitable here... are we sure it's HER college (collage? colage?) bill and not some mom trying to support a kid?
(just trying folks. LOL)
On an aside note, I was going to enroll in a community college here to do some evening classes that I was interested in. I have a masters degree and am a chartered accountant and they would not enroll me based on my transcripts without having me do a writing, reading and maths test. How on earth do people like this pass that test?
Unfortunately I would struggle to see past the spelling to even consider the grammar. Spurious use of capital letters, run-on sentences...........
If handed an essay as bad as the ad in the OP, most professors in ANY subject would be likely to fail it or award it a minimal passing grade if saved by seriously stellar content. As for marking, each professor handles it differently. Some refuse to waste time, others like me habitually correct the first couple of paragraphs as a guide for the student.
Perhaps most importantly though, the failing mark would be accompanied by a procedure to address the student's serious skill deficit - this varies from place to place but would generally start with the student being assessed for academic ability so that any learning difficulties could be appropriately addressed. Following this the student would typically receive extra tutoring and learning support to try to keep them on track, even if that track is a slower one.
Sorry, that was a long and boring answer to a rather special-interest query! (I have an interest in pedagogic theory vs. practice, can you tell?)
If you don't score at college level on the entrance test, you are supposed to enroll in the remedial classes b/f you get to the "real" college classes. Within the state system here in MN, most, but not all, schools enforce this policy.
OR, students do take the remedial (word now is "developmental") classes, but some are just not going to catch up.
I teach at a school that is not good about enforcing the pre-reqs that they have on the books. If I could show you the horrors I have seen (from students coming out of well to do suburban high schools)....
It is frustrating, b/c it is setting these students up for failure. They drop out after one bad semester b/c they are not prepared. It is really just taking their $. I suppose the 400$ for one class is better than 60K that the For-Profits take them for (ending with a preposition).
As for what I do when I get a poorly written paper (and this CL ad is nothing compared to the atrocities that I have witnessed): it gets returned with a directive to go to the writing center. My syllabus says that I will only grade papers that are written at the college level. Most of the worst cases end up dropping & going back to the beginning.
Another approach: the state of CT has decided that remedial classes don't get students up to speed, so they have just decided to drop them all together.
don't even get me started....
On the other hand, as a grad student I got a gig grading papers from the weekend Exec MBA program at the UNIV OF CHICAGO (!!!!!) and those weren't so great, either.
I, on the other hand, work for attorneys, and in general - though I am sure there are exceptions - they are positively ANAL about those issues.
What? I'm supposed to have a secretary editing my MBA papers? Damn...guess I need to let my boss know! ;)
I only ask because I'm currently enrolled in an online university and some of the things I've seen just make me shake my head.