Pooped in Tucson writes...
I thought you and your readers might want to
know what happened with Penn State. I, along with many others, applied to PSU
by their January 15th deadline and paid the online fee (which, if I recall
correctly, was rather steep). Not only did they not notify until May 5, but
when they did, they did so via a form e-mail -- an e-mail that showed the
e-mail addresses of every single rejectee! The director violated both common
uproar, has thus far refused to apologize. People are seriously pissed -- I've
gotten more than 30 e-mails from angry applicants in the last three days.
People are talking about demanding application fees back; somebody even
mentioned a lawsuit.
I think that's going overboard, but I'd be curious to know what you think about
the situation. And to your readers, they should think long and hard about
applying to Penn State in the future.
Thanks PiT. I saw that email, as a couple of readers cc'd me on their responses to the program director and the other 400 rejected applicants. Lots of anger there, which is understandable. I'm shocked that there's not been an apology. My sense is that the administrative person must have included the emails in cc: instead of bcc:. This is likely a simple mistake, but with complex consequences, such as word getting around about the ineptness and coldness of the program. An early apology might've settled all this.
I have a question for our readers actually: What percentage of your application responses (either acceptance or rejections) arrive via email? I'd be interested to see how programs are leaning.
And of course you can write in about your responses to Penn State, including any new news. Thanks.