As students begin planning classes they would like to take at Texas Wesleyan during the fall 2012 semester, some students are using an outside resource to help them make their decision.
A website called RateMyProfessors.com is being used by some students to find information about the professor who will be teaching a class that they may be interested in taking.
According to its website, RateMyProfessors.com is the largest online destination for professor ratings. With more than 7,500 schools in its database and more than 13,000,000 student-generated comments and ratings, RateMyProfessors.com is the highest trafficked free site for quickly researching and rating professors from colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Yesenia Pozos, senior finance major, said she has used this website in the past to assist her in choosing classes.
“I would say the website is a good thing to use, especially for transfer students or new incoming freshmen who do not really know professors in the school, or others who could give them feedback,” Pozos said. “I think that it would be easier to write thoughts about a class or professor on RateMyProfessor.com versus the end of semester class evaluation, because you can direct your thoughts better than the overall evaluation that is made standard for all classes.”
The website offers two main things: an overall score of each college that is listed and individual professor ratings.
On a scale of 0-4, with four being the highest, Texas Wesleyan University scores an overall 3.4. Factors that contribute to this score include condition of library, campus location, clubs and events, school reputation, quality of food, campus grounds, Internet speed, career opportunities, social activities and student happiness.
The highest of those categories are student happiness with a score of 3.9 and Internet speed with 3.8. The lowest of those are quality of food with a score of 2.8 and campus location with 2.3.
Texas Wesleyan has 140 professors listed on RateMyProfessors.com with an overall professor rating of 3.73. Professors are rated by overall quality, helpfulness, clarity and easiness.
Dr. Kit Hall, humanities professor, does not agree with the use of the website for students to choose their professors.
“It offers more gossip than anything else and little reliable information is given,” Hall said. “It’s kind of like Wikipedia, not a good source to use. I have known faculty who have even rated themselves.”
Josh Phillips, freshman criminal justice major, says he has seen some professor ratings of classes he has already taken and thinks they have been fairly accurate.
“I looked at some of the comments on professors that I have already taken and they seem to have been pretty honest,” Phillips said. “That goes for both negative and positive comments.”
The website claims that the site does what students have been doing forever: checking in with each other, their friends, their brothers, their sisters and their classmates to figure out who’s a great professor and who’s one you might want to avoid.