Grades Without Class

Last month Venetia Orcutt resigned her position as an assistant professor in George Washington’s department of physician assistant studies. This is apparently because administrators discovered that she didn’t really teach class, she just pretended to.

According to an article by Priya Anand in the George Washington University student newspaper, The Hatchet:

Orcutt resigned last month after students wrote letters to Provost Steven Lerman, complaining she never taught a required course but gave every student an “A,” according to the Associated Press.

Three or more students sent letters to Lerman’s office, concerned with Orcutt’s absence during the 2009-2010 academic year from two out of three semesters of an evidence-based medicine course…. The students said in the letters that Orcutt never discussed why she did not teach, but instead each student received an “A.”

Hell, it looks like if all you have to do is generate grades on transcripts, there’s no need to employ an actual professor.

Orcutt also served as chairman of her department.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer