Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vol State Number 25 in Nation on Student Ranking Site

Ah, the wonders of the Internet age. Love it or hate it, faculty ranking sites are now part of college culture. While we know there are many more important and better designed measures that tell us we have a fantastic faculty and a welcoming campus, it's always fun when we hear about another, especially when it comes from the students themselves. So, we thought you would enjoy seeing this bit of news from the folks at MTV. They run RateMyProfessor.com and have announced that we placed 25th in the nation for community colleges in a recent ranking report of instructors and campus life. It's one of the more robust sites out there, in terms of the number of student ratings, the number of instructors rated and the number of campuses ranked.

There are parts of the RateMyProfessors.com survey that many faculty and staff do not like, primarily whether an instructor is an easy grader and whether they are hot (and by that we mean attractive, not warm). However, it's important to note these two survey items are not reflected in the overall faculty rating or campus ranking. We're going to send a short news release later today. By the way, when we talked to Dr. Faulkner about this report he mentioned that his only problem with his faculty rating was that students didn't think he was hot.

Here is the news release and a link to the site:

Vol State Number 25 in Nation on Student Ranking Site

College students enjoy sharing information about instructors and their campus. Internet ranking sites have made that easier. RateMyProfessors.com has announced that Volunteer State Community College placed number 25 in the nation in terms of student satisfaction for community and junior colleges. The measurement combines faculty ratings with campus ratings. More than 8,000 colleges and universities are listed on the site.

MTV runs the popular website that has more than 15 million ratings. It asks students to rate professors in terms of how helpful they are and how clear they are. Those categories are used to determine an overall quality score. The overall campus score is judged in several categories, including reputation, internet access, food, library, clubs, social life and overall happiness. Vol State scored four out of five for the campus and 3.82 out of five for the average faculty score.

“Social media can provide useful feedback for college instructors,” said Vol State President, Dr. Jerry Faulkner. “These sites are fun. But ultimately our measure of accomplishment as an institution comes in student success. When they do well in class, graduate and go on to successful careers, and four-year degrees, that is our benchmark.”

The complete rankings can be found at www.ratemyprofessors.com

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