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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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The Value of Online Ratings

Is it worth it to check out these academic popularity sites? A couple of researchers at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, attempted to answer that question in a study titled “He Will Crush You Like an Academic Ninja!”: Exploring Teacher Ratings on RateMyProfessors.com. In their own words, here’s what the researchers concluded:

The present research revealed that student postings on the website RateMyProfessors.com closely matched students’ real life concerns about the quality of instruction in the classroom. While issues such as personality and appearance did enter into the postings, these were secondary motivators compared to more salient issues such as competence, knowledge, clarity, and helpfulness. Students ...

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