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Limiting upper-level math courses is unfair

Dec. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I am writing in response to and support of the letter submitted by Kristen Jurica on Nov. 20.

I, and a large number of my friends, attended Victoria College before transferring to another academic institution. Unfortunately, this simply would not have been possible without the upper-level math courses offered by Victoria College at that time. It saddens me to have to write "at that time," as Victoria College has since decreased the number of upper-level math courses and no longer offers some courses - such as Calculus I - every semester.

This may not seem like a major issue to some readers, but this has the potential to delay a student's academic career by a semester or more. As students wait for a class needed for their degree plan, it costs them more money in rent and expenses as they delay moving on to the next institution. My time at Victoria College helped me save thousands of dollars and prepared me for a higher institution.

I am currently a practicing structural engineer in the city of Houston and began my collegiate academic career at Victoria College. I then went on to transfer to and graduate from the University of Texas at Austin.

Many of my classes at the University of Texas had a prerequisite of calculus. Having to wait a semester for calculus - or any other necessary class - to be offered would have been detrimental to the progress of my engineering degree.

It is simply unfair to limit upper-level mathematics courses. Those in need of these classes could go on to become physicians, chemists, engineers, biologists, pharmacists and professors, to list a very few.

These students are people trying to make something of themselves, give back to others and simply become contributing members of society.

What is occurring at Victoria College is delaying just that - delaying students from progressing in their academic plans, delaying the day a family travels to be there on their family member's graduation day and ultimately delaying students from helping others through their dream jobs.

Erica Ortiz, Victoria

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