UConn Scores Low On \’Rate My Professors\’ List

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CBS Moneywatch took a look at college rankings compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity and pulled out a list of the colleges with the worst professors, at least according to data from the less-than-scientific Rate My Professor website.

The schools with the lowest professor ratings from students are below and Connecticut has two on the list. University of Connecticut spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz reminds us that it\’s \”an unscientific tool.\” Note also that the worst reviews for profs are clustered around many science and technology schools. Could it be that these schools are just harder?

1. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (NY)
2. Michigan Technological University
3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CT)
4. Milwaukee School of Engineering
5. New Jersey Institute of Technology
6. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
7. Widener University (PA)
8. St. Cloud University (MN)
9. Bentley University (MA)
10. Indiana State University
11. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
12. Central Michigan University
13. Minnesota State University, Mankato
14. Pace University (NY)
15. Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
16. Seton Hall University (NJ)
17. Westminster College (PA)
18. Howard University (DC)
19. Iowa State University
20. University of Toledo (OH)
21. Truman State University (MO)
22. Illinois State University
23. University of Connecticut
24. Oregon Institute of Technology
25. University of Maryland


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19 thoughts on “UConn Scores Low On \’Rate My Professors\’ List

  1. Jimal

    Have we become so coddling of our college aged youth that we genuinely care if they think their college professors are nice? Too many kids are in college now, building up student loan debt going after soft degrees that give them little to no chance of surviving in today’s employment market and we’re worried that they think their professors might be mean to them?


    1. Dan

      It’s not about professors being mean. Before these ratings sites existed I took a graduate level class at SCSU with a terribly disorganized, nasty and lazy professor. I thought I was missing something but then I spoke to other students and they had the same experience. Years later I looked up this professor on the ratings site and lo and behold, her current students were saying exactly the same things and warning others not to take her class. I wish I’d seen those warnings. Through the miracle of tenure the state is still paying her salary and she’s still being nasty, lazy and disorganized.

      Some professors are great and some are just there for the salary and bennies. It’s helpful to know which if you have a choice of professors for your class.

    2. Joe

      It is completely possible to be flunked or receive a bad grade from a “nice” professor. What makes a good professor is someone who treats their students with respect and kindness while also trying their best to teach the course. I rate my professors accordingly not just by if they were easy or hard or if they were nice or mean.

  2. Rising Star

    Most if not all UConn professors are subject matter experts in their field. If you don’t rise to the occasion, you rob yourself of a worthy and marketable college education from a great university. However, just like any other rating system (Amazon, CNet, etc.), there may be some validity to these scores.

    Lastly, @Jimal…really?

    1. Johngaltwhereru

      What is wrong with what Jimal said?

      Are there not kids obtaining useless soft degrees that fail to prepare them for the workforce?

      Is there not too much student loan debt? Is there not excessive default on student loans?

      Is there not an unemployment problem among recent college grads, especially those who fail to obtain a job specific degree?

      Should anyone, other than students trying to find the most comfortable path through college, care what students think about their professors?

      1. pat

        if they are obtaining soft degrees what the heck are they going into those fields for? so many kids and parents want the easy way out. Having been a high school teacher for 38 years, I have seen too many students and parents look for the easiest thing they can do and the heck with the fact there are no jobs in the area they are looking at. how many marine biology jobs are there in the area, yet how many students are applying for those areas in school. do your research before you spend the money and then you won’t have a problem. who says a college degree is the way to got anyway. Can count on one hands how many kids thought I was a good teacher until I ran into them later and they praised me for what I had given them.

    2. Jimal

      Really. There are a lot of college students who major in fields where there just isn’t a lot of work available when they graduate, and there are a lot of college students who are – let’s face it – lazy and go with degrees in Humanities or Communications or some other soft degree. They graduate and move back home because “the job market sucks”. No, you just picked the wrong major.

      Meanwhile, there are jobs out there right out of college for kids who choose to go into things like Engineering, Computer Sciences, Pharmacy. In fact, there is a real need for more students to get into those “hard” programs.

      Reality is sometimes harsh.

      1. Paul

        When I was an undergrad (many years ago) at a liberal arts college, early on my advisor reminded me that “learning for learning sake is fine but you’ll have to get a job at some point so think hard about your major”. He was right and I chose chemistry as my major.

  3. Tom from Berlin

    You know a good professor when you have one. They are professional educators. They know how to bring the subject into focus and challenge you to learn it. Being an expert in a subject does not mean you are a good teacher. Every year, UCONN imposes cost increase of more double the rate of inflation. Much of this goes for high salaries and ridiculous pensions. Our students are not getting what they are paying for.

  4. N. Cioffi

    Perhaps we pay our revered athletic coaches too much and our professors too little.

    1. pat

      what a foolish statement. too bad you have no clue. no matter how much you pay a professor, many kids are not going to like them because they are too tough and expect actual participation, effort and product

    2. johngaltwhereru

      One thing Liberals always fail to understand, or refuse to admit: People who provide more value to an organization deserve to get paid more.

      When there are a line of people that can teach Freshman Biology just as well as the people currently teaching it, and there is not a line of Coaches who can take an unknown basketball program and turn it into a 3 time National Champion, the Hall of Fame Coach is more valuable than the Biology Teacher. Additionally, that coach works at least 90 hours per week. I challenge you to find a single Professor that consistently puts in that kind of time.

      Our revered Coach Calhoun did more to turn UCONN from a little known regional State School to a well known National University than every Professor at that school combined. After each of his 3 National Championships, the following fall semester saw applications spike, average SAT scores spike and applications by High School Valedictorians spike.

      Do you think that is just a coincidence, or did the Sociology Department added a spectaular professor each fall following a National Championship?

      1. Paul

        I’d take a Nobel Prize winner on the faculty over a championship winning coach. Actually, having both would be even better!

        1. johngaltwhereru

          The Nobel Prize lost it’s last iota of credibility upon awarding the Peace Prize to Obama.

          That being said, the Nobel winner is useful for the school’s brand, but not as useful as a championship in a major sport. The Nobel winner should be paid more than your standard professor, but not as much as the more valuable coach.

  5. J

    I am more interested in why the construction workers building the 1440 a month one bedroom UCONN apartments are making 10-12 dollars an hour with no benefits rather than prevailing wage. As to rate my professor, the grade received or toughness of the subject is irrelevant. Good professors make me want to do well in their class, some are just flat out horrible and I am lucky to make a C. The worst part is trying to learn Calculus 3 through broken English. I would like to see a study on demographics of CT state Univ professors by Univ.

  6. Jocko

    In many cases, the students rarely see the professor and the classes are taught mainly by the TA’s.
    UConn is loaded with foreign faculty members who in some cases can barely speak english making the learning process very difficult.

  7. Jimal

    As a UCONN alum, I can say that there were some very good professors and some that were lacking. And it didn’t matter what part of the world they came from; some people are just better educators. Of the two professors I felt I learned the most from, one was American and the other was from Ghana.

    Ultimately it came down to me doing the work and getting the grade. Whether I personally liked a professor or not really never entered into the equation and it didn’t have any effect on my class selections.

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