HCT's cheating ways have been exposed many times on these pages, but the latest scam is truly outstanding. According to a recently received email, HCT is guilty of wilfully misleading its own accreditation board! And just WHO would have thought that, eh?!
According to the ACBSP accreditation standards, faculty teaching loads are
supposed to be about half what many HCT lecturers put in. The organisation’s accreditation manual clearly states the following:
Teaching Loads: The appropriate teaching load for a full time
faculty member at ACBSP Accredited Baccalaureate Institutions has historically
been limited to not more than 12 credit hours per semester, with appropriate
release time granted for administrative duties or for graduate teaching.
Overload teaching has been prohibited as a business unit policy, and has been accepted by ACBSP only under emergency circumstances.
However, those who were teaching last year at Dubai Women's College, Higher
College of Technology in the United Arab Emirates, faced a permanent (not
overload) teaching load of 20 credit hours per semester. A faculty member there
can typically expect to handle five four-credit courses. All of the
full-time business faculty members taught 20 hours per semester, and some instructors
taught even more. This was not an emergency circumstance, but was ‘business
as usual’ – i.e., they were bullied into taking on more hours and courses.
Nor was this an isolated event, as almost all of the other HCT campuses follow suit
At the Business Department of DWC, for the two semesters of the 2011-2012
school year, the following instructors taught 20 or more credits during one
semester: Sanaa, Russell, Selvan, Sudip, Ces, Gareth, Neil,
Ross, Debby, Graham, Indrani, Sudipa, Karl, Sita, Tamir. For this teaching
load, all instructors are paid the base salary - for 20 credits. However,
some instructors taught 24 credits in one semester: Humayan, Ces, Jihad,
One thing to note when looking at the Business Department schedule is that some
faculty members also taught in other departments. For example, there was
one instructor who taught a microeconomics course to Information Technology
students. The Business Department schedule does not, therefore,
include every course that Business Faculty teach, - another way that HCT can mislead its accreditors.
Of course, it’s common knowledge that DWC violates more standards than this. And
yet, while that accreditation has been granted, HCT continues to assign 20
hours. In fact, some faculty members teach 24 and 28 hours to fill in for
faculty shortages – especially when faculty get fired.
In short, HCT was awarded a ten-year ACBSP accreditation in 2008, yet
they still continue to assign a twenty credit load in 2012 - in clear contravention of ACBSP rules.
So well done to the 'ethical' HCT - and to more dodgy business exposed by Suede Oasis!!