This article is the Potter administration’s worst nightmare. Until now, the SCSU transcript scandal has been confined to Meet & Confer meetings. That’s where the SCSU Faculty Association, aka the SCSUFA, asks the Potter administration questions about campus issues. The paradigm just shifted:

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Last spring, Tamara Leenay, a chemistry professor at St. Cloud State University, was reviewing grades when she came across the transcript of a student who failed an organic chemistry class she taught a couple of years earlier.

“I noticed the course was not even on his transcript,” Leenay said. “There was no ‘F.’ There was no course number…It was completely gone. And I have [a] record that he was in my class and that I gave him a grade…and I was never notified of any of these changes.”

Leenay’s experience isn’t unique. Faculty members at St. Cloud State say they’re concerned that students’ grades have mysteriously disappeared from transcripts. Professors and instructors aren’t sure how widespread the problem is, but say, except in rare instances, the university’s failure to notify them of grade changes is an ethical breach.

“A number of faculty members raised concerns that they believed from what they were seeing that student’s grades were actually disappearing off transcripts,” said Stephen Hornstein, president of the university’s faculty association. “A student would take a course, get a poor grade and then a semester or two later that grade would not appear on the transcript at all.”

The paradigm shifted. First, professors are stepping forward with proof that students who did poorly in their classes got their poor grades deleted. Next, the paradigm shifted because, finally, someone other than me is reporting on this corruption. Still, there’s proof that the administration is still spinning rather than confessing:

“It was clear to us that sometimes that protocol wasn’t being followed,” St. Cloud State Provost Devinder Molhotra said. “So we want to be sure that people were reminded…We had a conversation and put in place a very specific protocol.”

n January, Molhotra issued a memo reiterating the policy to nine deans and associate deans responsible for authorizing transcript changes. He also said that in the absence of the course instructor, a department chair can weigh in on their behalf.

Molhotra stopped short of saying the university has fixed a problem. Instead, he said, by reviewing the process in which transcripts are changed, the university has improved it.

“Integrity of transcripts and the record is very, very important and so is the involvement of the faculty in that process,” Molhotra said. “There’s no question about that in my mind. And it’s our attempt to make sure that going forward we do our due diligence and we make sure that the faculty input is not only taken but recorded.

That’s a bald-faced lie. Malholtra’s lies don’t fit with the minutes of the Oct. 18th Meet & Confer meeting:

I don’t know a way to describe it but I am going to use alterations where students are removed from being listed as having been enrolled.

This isn’t something that will require a minor tweak in SCSU’s procedure. That shouldn’t happen. I’d love to hear Malholtra explain how it’s a minor thing to have students disappear from SCSU’s enrollment lists. The presenter for the Faculty Association mentioned this, too:

I saw three [withdrawals] in one day in my department where the faculty were not consulted last spring…

Malholtra is suggesting that faculty didn’t respond. That isn’t what’s happening here. In this instance, a professor identified a situation where the faculty wasn’t consulted prior to a student’s grades were deleted from the record. In fact, the student’s participation in the class was deleted.

It’s predictable that Malholtra isn’t admitting the administration is corrupt. Nonetheless, that’s what the documentation and the professors’ statements point to. It isn’t a simple malfunction when a student disappears from a university’s enrollment list. That’s one of the things that happened here. It isn’t a simple administrative malfunction when 3 students withdrew from classes without the professor getting notified.

That’s corruption. The only question left is whether the University’s apologists will continue to defend this administration’s corrupt behavior.

One Response to “Professors verify SCSU transcript corruption”

  • Pat-M says:

    even though the AP picked up the MPR story there was nothing in the St. Cloud Times! also the story disappeared from the Star-Tribune web site after lunch. Got to wonder what the STC and Trib agendas are!

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