Nearing Graduation….. Monday, Feb 6 2012
WELCOME! 2:22 pm
So nearly three years after I’ve entered Baruch college, I’m finally approaching graduation. After a couple of years of taking summer classes and taking five classes per semester….I’m graduating about a semester earlier than I planned.
During my years at Baruch, I was able to get four internships, three through Baruch’s Starr Search program. In addition, I was able to develop my knowledge within the areas of business as well as many areas within liberal arts. Also, I was able to meet some very nice friends. Hence, I am very grateful to Baruch College.
However, I have also noticed many of the shortcomings of this well known college.
One of the many shortcomings in the college is that many of its Accounting professors are not very good at teaching. This may seem strange as this school is very famous for its Accounting program. However, being an accounting major, I’ve noticed that many of the professors despite the fact that they have a very extensive knowledge of the areas that they teach–do not know how to share that information. A very recent professor that I’ve had, stood at the front of the board and solved example problems using methods that very few in the class understood, leaving many confused at the end of the class. Hence, it was no surprise that 2/3 of the class ended up failing the class.
It is very obvious that knowing the material and being able to share that knowledge are two very different skills.
In addition, many professors seem a little misinformed on how to properly measure a student’s understanding of the material. For instance, giving a 100 question exam within a span of 1 hour and 15 minutes (45 second per question.) Testing us on material not covered in the textbook or in class.
Or the classic example of giving a wonderful exam in which many of the students in the class received 90 or higher, thereby convincing them to stay in the course….and then giving a very difficult final exam which successfully led to an average final grade of C. Interestingly enough, these professors stayed in the school long enough for many students from several semesters to continuously these same comments on ratemyprofessor.com
Perhaps one of the reasons why these problems exists, is because many of these students do not complain or bring these issues up to the department.
Of course, I am not asking the department to go on ratemyprofessor.com and fire every professor that has a horrible rating. That would be a bit harsh…..
However, perhaps the department should instigate a new policy that aims at hiring those who can teach, rather than those who simply knows the information. Having knowledge is one thing, being able to share it is another.
As for those who refuse to leave….perhaps they should go to teacher’s school.