Academic Betrayal

Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student Book Cover Academic Betrayal: The Bullying of a Graduate Student
Loren Mayshark
Education
Red Scorpion Press
2017

This is the story of a Master’s degree student who enrolled at a U.S. university with the expectation of graduating within two years. This was not to be, and they called it quits six years and tens of thousands of dollars later. The stated reason? Academic betrayal from a dysfunctional university that allegedly focussed on its own bureaucratic needs and fee-gathering instead of the provision of promised education.
The story is shocking and alarming, especially from my Finnish (and European) perspective.  As a piece of fiction, it would be a gripping read, highlighting an injustice and many problems. If, as the author claims, the case is as described, without any omissions or downplaying of facts, then it is really something else …
It is next to impossible to appreciate what the author apparently endured over a long period of time, whilst trying to work to pay the costs of living and studying. You can understand how one’s energy could be sapped. It is not as if the author is complaining about the academic rigour of their degree programme, but their complaints about its execution and implementation do appear to be justified. Certainly, this reviewer would be complaining and making merry hell should they have received similar treatment.
You can sense the author’s passion, concern and life in this book. It is written in a clear narrative style. At times it might have benefitted from a bit more of an edit to cut a bit of chaff out, or refocus matters, but when viewed as a whole with the apparently serious and concerning story at its heart, this can be overlooked. One must just reiterate that this is the author’s opinion and this reviewer cannot validate their allegations. On one hand, for the readability of the story, it does not matter whether it is fact or fiction: it remains a gripping read. It just has an additional veneer of seriousness, sincerity and concern when it is (apparently) a real-life occurrence.
There’s nothing more to add. It is an interesting, readable story. It is hoped that such experiences are rare and that somehow the author fell between the cracks, yet something in the writing suggests that their case is not so unique either. It is a depressing, engaging story (in a positive sense) that is thus recommended.