Lonestar College-University Park student Lauren Firmin and her peers suffered through their Intro to Chemistry class this semester, only to find out their instructor had taught the wrong course.
"She told her mistake in class to all of the students,” Firmin said. “She was teaching general chemistry, another course, all semester.”
Firmin, a previously straight-A student, suspected something was wrong when she and her other classmates began to flunk the class.
Just before the class’ final exam, teacher Thao Shirley Nguyen announced that she had taught the wrong course the entire semester. Instead of Intro to Chemistry, she had taught a general chemistry course.
Though Nguyen proposed to offer extra credit, Firmin only managed to bring her grade up to a “B”, which ruined her 4.0 grade average.
“4.0 students, we are really stressed out altogether, but this just added to it to see what I have been working for, for two years destroyed,” Firmin said.
When asked to comment, Executive Director of College Relations John Powell noted that the school does not perform formal investigations into classes.
Firmin, who attempted to appeal her “B” grade, was ruled against by the university.