Mathematicians around the world protest degree granted by uManitoba

November 29, 2010

A group of mathematicians worldwide has joined a suspended University of Manitoba professor in questioning the institution's decision to award a doctorate to a student who twice failed a comprehensive exam due to extreme exam anxiety. The 86-person group has written to uManitoba president David Barnard, accusing him of "seriously endangering" the university's reputation by granting the PhD. The letter states that to waive an exam based on the controversial diagnosis of exam anxiety reflects an improper evaluation process, calls into question the "competence" of the math department itself, and will "handicap" the career of anyone with a uManitoba math degree. National Post