We have all had a teacher so horrible that we can’t waitto bash them in a teacher evaluation questionnaire, or had ateacher so great that we can’t help but to recommend them toevery random person that passes by.
Now, thanks to this anonymous database, you don’t have towait to tell everyone what you really think.
Ratemyprofessors.com has become a beneficial website thatreveals what prior students thought of that particularprofessor.
Even if you’re looking for a hot cookie that will keep youengaged in the in class lecture, your knight in shining armor ishere. This website reveals not only how “hot” they arebut also whether that professor is an asset or a complete buffoonwhen it comes to college education.
The teachers are rated on easiness, helpfulness, clarity andhotness, which are then averaged into an overall quality rating ofup to a 5.0.
If a teacher scores in the lower percentile on the five-pointscale they get a sad face next to their name, a green discontentedface if they’re a mediocre teacher and a yellow happy face ifthey’re highly recommended. A pepper is the sign for whetheror not that professor is hot, which may or may not affect yourquality of education here at Eastern.
This site also leaves a space for comments, which are oftentimeshumorous yet brutally honest.
One student said, “just because a professor has a PhDdoesn’t mean they can teach.”
Due to the fact that some comments are harsh, the site doesreserve the right to remove extremely inappropriate comments andleaves room for professors to contest that certain remarks beremoved as well.
Students all over the country can now dig into this database andventure to see whether they have an impossible quarter ahead ofthem or one that requires little to no work.
One University of California Santa Barbara student named EmilyBritten found this database extremely “nice andhelpful,” continuing that, “it took the guess work outof class sign ups which made it a lot easier to determine whetherto take the class from that professor or not.”
Though perhaps not well known, the database has been onlinesince 1999. It has more than one million ratings of more than235,000 professors at 3,500 colleges and universities in bothCanada and the United States.
The major publicity for this site was on September of 2000 when”Seventeen” magazine ran an article about a websitecalled teacherratings.com which was the basis of the current one.As the popularity grew, more and more schools jumped on thebandwagon , adding their school to the long list of universitiesalready on the database.
The rest is history; this site is now one of the most helpfulfor students out there. Even professors find it helpful because itleads to “continuous improvement,” said Dr. WilliamPresutti of Duquesne University.