Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos told Newsday that "Parents and students should know that the quality of education at Nassau Community College has diminished" ["College in 'turmoil,' " News, June 14]. Nothing could be further from the truth.
As an adjunct professor who has taught at the college for 44 years, I have seen, and still see, many committed faculty and students. Many of my students have gone on to attend top colleges and universities. They have left my class writing better and interpreting literature in a more sophisticated way.
Our adjunct union awards scholarships annually to financially needy students, all of whom must have a GPA of 3.3 to 4.0. Also, the fact that there are many students who begin their college experience taking remedial courses does not diminish their education. They learn, are integrated into credit-bearing courses and succeed.
Nassau offers a great education for a bargain price. Maragos made a giant and faulty leap of logic in his statement. Does he work at the college? Does he teach courses there? Is he in touch with the student body? I don't think so. He has done a disservice to a college that definitely educates but is also in turmoil.
Ruben Friedman, Central Islip
Editor's note: The writer is an adjunct professor of English.