I was searching for some nugget of a direction with this paper that I'm working on when I decided to just check the rubric. It wasn't likely, but maybe just maybe, this time there was something useful in it. Well, I got more than what I expected. Here is a quote from the scoring rubric for Social Responsibility.
In order to receive the highest score, i.e. "highly competent" for usage of APA style (citations and such), the rubric says, "If the candidate uses outside sources, the candidate provides appropriate intext citations and references with no readily detectable errors, OR the candidate does not use outside sources." This is brilliant! If I use citations and they are wrong, I will be marked down, however if I either don't use any sources, or better yet, don't cite any sources, I'll pass this part of the paper. Bravo, WGU! Truly, you've outdone yourself this time.
Does anyone besides me, actually read these things? Again, it's stuff like this that hurts or will hurt WGU's reputation as a credible school. It says to me that they just don't care. If they don't care, why the heck should I? Except that I do. Grr.