St. Cloud State and MSU-Mankato rank among universities with worst professors, study says

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Both of these MnSCU schools have proud hockey traditions, but aren't necessarily known for academics.
Okay, so nobody was about to mistake either of them for Harvard or Stanford in the first place. But still, it's disappointing to see both St. Cloud State and MSU-Mankato on The Center for College Affordability and Productivity's list of the 25 universities with the worst professors.

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The list is based on data culled from RateMyProfessors.com, which allows students to rate professors based on helpfulness, clarify, and easiness, then combines the helpfulness and clarify metrics for an overall score.

According to the list, St. Cloud State has the eighth-worst professors, while MSU-Mankato has the 13th-worst. The Midwest as a whole could apparently use an infusion of professorial talent -- 11 of the schools on the list are from our region.

Here's the full 25 list, with the university with the worst professors at the top:

1. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (NY)
2. Michigan Technological University
3. U.S. Coast Guard Academy (CT)
4. Milwaukee School of Engineering
5. New Jersey Institute of Technology
6. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)
7. Widener University (PA)
8. St. Cloud State
9. Bentley University (MA)
10. Indiana State University
11. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (MA)
12. Central Michigan University
13. MSU-Mankato
14. Pace University (NY)
15. Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ)
16. Seton Hall University (NJ)
17. Westminster College (PA)
18. Howard University (DC)
19. Iowa State University
20. University of Toledo (OH)
21. Truman State University (MO)
22. Illinois State University
23. University of Connecticut
24. Oregon Institute of Technology
25. University of Maryland

While we're surprised to see both SCSU and MSU on the list, we're equally surprised to learn that Rate My Professors still exists. We thought it went the way of flip phones and Myspace, so take this ranking for what it's worth.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

This "study" was based on responses from disgruntled college kids, not based on anything remotely objective. St. Cloud and Mankato (especially not Mankato) don't have proud hockey traditions, strange. opener.

mingtran
mingtran topcommenter

St. Cloud and Mankato (especially Mankato) don't have storied hockey traditions; strange opener.

CinBlueland
CinBlueland topcommenter

Wow.. Combination of issues with the MNEdu system. 

MNEDUProf= TA working on grad credits. (btw let's give him/her another 100k+ they had a thought)

"Learn and grow".. What are you talking about. They've been told from birth that participation = success.


swmnguy
swmnguy topcommenter

"We thought it had went..."  What?  Really?  Does nobody edit these stories?  Where did you learn to write English, SCSU or MSU?

THEBIGHOUSEGANG
THEBIGHOUSEGANG

based on rate my professor.com, a gathering place for immature bros and tweens to complain, not to mention they are not going to school to learn or grow as human creatures

THEBIGHOUSEGANG
THEBIGHOUSEGANG

based on rate my professor.com, a gathering place for immature bros and tweens to complain, not to mention they are not going to school to learn or grow as human creatures

THEBIGHOUSEGANG
THEBIGHOUSEGANG

based on rate my professor.com, a gathering place for immature bros and tweens to complain, not to mention they are not going to school to learn or grow as human creatures

j.reiter
j.reiter

You obviously don't know what you are talking about.  The Huskies are a Division 1 top hockey contender in their conference almost every year.  And for you to say that the opinions of people that attend the College are not objective is a totally bogus and irresponsible claim.  Who would you choose to rate the school? The professors? You're a double-speaking fool. The student's opinion is the most objective opinion. 

As a graduate from St. Cloud State "University," I actually have the experience to judge that it is a horrible school to attend.  When I have children they will not go to that slummy town; the Professors are all card carrying communists, the local police have no patience with students, the city is on the eastern ridge of the Great plains (Freezing) there are no internship opportunities, professional networking is nonexistent and the GPA requirements to enroll into a Major are insane, almost .85 points higher than the University of Minnesota.  SCSU is a intellectual wasteland, run by professors with extreme worldviews that are incapable of gaining employment anywhere else.

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