Graduate Students

College to Compensate Students Who Sued Over Bad Teaching

September 21, 2008

Bates Technical College, in Tacoma, Wash., will shell out a half-million dollars to 16 former students in its civil-engineering-technician/surveying program who say lousy teaching left them unprepared for their careers, according to an article in The News Tribune, a local newspaper.

According to the article, the students complained that the professor often didn’t show up for class and failed to teach them much when he did. What’s particularly startling is that this is the third time since 2002 that the college has agreed to pay students who were upset with the quality of their education. —Thomas Bartlett