Thursday, March 25, 2010
Where had all the letters gone?
Now, there's an answer: computer glitch.
Though not really a glitch, per se.
New computer system + modules (podules?) + adaptation time + lack of resources = no letters of recommendation for this season.
Okay, we get it.
Still one wonders about communication. Why no announcement was made early on. Maybe folks thought faculty wouldn't notice or didn't really care.
Rebel Girl is inclined to imagine that we are at our best when we're asked to solve problems together. She thinks, given a chance, we could have worked it out. Maybe someone would have even suggested that we go back to our old ways for just this year. You know, stone tablets. Pen and ink. Letters printed on letterhead.
Too bad this opportunity was missed.
As someone commented earlier this week, faculty often anticipate the scholarship awards ceremony because of their student applicants - because instructors are asked to be part of the process through composing those letters. These instructors are, in a way, rooting for their students. And the students, when they are notified of their awards - are grateful and let their teachers know.
Rebel Girl has no idea of who among her many students applied for scholarship this year.