Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:50:06 AM
Isn't that likely because the class is tough and from past experience, they`ve noticed that only a portion of the class does enough work/studies hard enough/gets enough help to actually pass? I`ve never met a professor who wants the students to fail or fails students for no reason. I have met professors who want to teach us and aren`t going to be lenient just because some people don`t try hard enough.
Saturday, February 11, 2012 1:38:46 AM
Lillian: Having several graduates, in my circle of family and friends, as well as my own experiences, have taught me how many professors see it as their duty to be gatekeepers. I've had a few professors say up front, first day of class, that only a third or fourth of the class would pass their class.
If you haven`t encountered one of these `gatekeepers` yet, consider yourself fortunate so far. One day you likely will, so don`t be surprised.
Friday, February 10, 2012 5:58:00 PM
@CrakrJak - Overall ratings don't mean much. Perhaps there`s more kids going to private schools who are self entitled and are going there only because their parents are rich and payed for it, thus they slack in class, and get pissed off at their teachers for not giving them A`s and then rate them poorly.
Even in my uni, I know a lot of people rate professors based on how easy they are, not how good they are at teaching or how much they learned or w/e. That`d explain why community colleges tend to get higher ratings, because the classes tend to be easier so even if a teacher wasn`t all that great, they can still get good ratings.
Friday, February 10, 2012 5:01:18 PM
Lillian: Go to any 'rate your professor` website and take a look at some the schools overall ratings.
I believe you`ll find schools like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and other `Ivy League` universities to be rated at a 2 or less on a 5 point scale. Compare that with public universities with ratings of 3 to 3.5. Those with some of the highest ratings seem to be technical and vocational schools and community colleges.
jtrebowski: Just because a part-time professors may be teaching some classes doesn`t mean those colleges and universities aren`t still paying their full-time tenured professors their salaries.