Grade your teachers

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Sep 222010
 
Authors: Courtney Riley

Professors at CSU are not just issuing grades. They’re receiving them.

Ramratings.com is a website created by CSU students to provide an outlet for their fellow students to give anonymous feedback about their professors and classes.

Students can evaluate their professors through ramratings.com, a self-proclaimed student-run website, an outlet that provides anonymous feedback and number ratings for several CSU professors.

According to ramratings.com, in order to evaluate a professor, a student must provide:

  • Which class they took from the professor,
  • What type of class it was (lecture, lab, recitation or experimental),
  • Why they took the class,
  • What year they are, and
  • What grade they got in the class.

The student then grades their professor on his or her ability to “present the course material clearly” and their ability to “recognize and clarify student difficulties,” ending with an “overall grade for the quarter,” according to the website.

Joel Max, a freshman political science major, said he relied on ramratings.com to help him plan his fall semester schedule. His goal was to see which professors he felt looked reasonable, and which ones didn’t.

“I looked at the students who got a C or better, and if their comments were consistent, I took it as pretty reliable,” Max said.

He ended up being pleased with the professors and classes he picked.

This website is viewed as anything from a productive source of feedback to a venting outlet.

Robert Duffy, the head of the Political Science Department, has never visited ramratings.com.

“I’ve heard of it anecdotally,” he said. “I suppose if I had the time I would look at it.”

Although Duffy doesn’t use ramratings.com, he treats the student evaluations that are given in classes at the end of every semester seriously.

“It lends itself to people with extreme positions,” Duffy said.

He takes the CSU-administered student evaluations into consideration, rather than ramratings.com.

Ken Manning, the chairman of the Marketing Department, has never looked at ramratings.com either, and said he doesn’t intend to. He said that by being the head of a department, he has access to information about professors and can address their performance if necessary.

On the other hand, Stephen Davies, the chairman of the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, said he would consider looking at the website.

When asked if he would take the students’ comments into account, he said he would.

“I believe most student evaluations are fair and useful.”

Other professors not only check the site, but also take its comments into consideration.

Although Brian Jones, physics instructor and coordinator of the “Little Shop of Physics,” takes the CSU-administered student evaluations more seriously, he still likes to look at his evaluations on ramratings.com.

Jones said that most of the students who contribute their thoughts to ramratings.com are enthusiastic.
“Either they really like the class, or they don’t,” he said.

Jones said that ramratings.com provides an interesting view because it’s from students who feel passionately one way or the other.

“I want to know what they have to say,” Jones said.

Staff writer Courtney Riley can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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