UND Ranked 23rd Among Universities With Worst Professors

This according to data culled from RateMyProfessor.com, a controversial website that allows students to rate and review their instructors.

The upper Midwest is a hot bed for bad professors, according to data an education think tank culled from millions of RateMyProfessor teacher evaluations.

Among the top 25 schools with the worst professors, six of them hail from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Nearly a third come from all parts of the Midwest.

The pair of schools with the lousiest teachers are service academies – U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Here’s what curious about this — two other service academies – United States Military Academy and the Air Force Academy – earned spots on the list of colleges with the best professors.

The list with the poor teachers is just about evenly divided among private universities (13) and public universities (12).

Here’s the full list in order:

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy NY
U.S. Coast Guard Academy, CT
Tuskegee University, AL
Michigan Technological University
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Milwaukee School of Engineering, WI
Bryant University, RI
Bentley University, MA
St. Cloud State University, MN
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Western Michigan University
Widener University, PA
Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA
Central Michigan University
Seton Hall University, NJ
Pace University, NY
Iowa State University
Drexel University, PA
University of Toledo, OH
Howard University, Wash. DC
St. John Fisher College, NY
University of North Dakota
Truman State University, MO
Mount Union College, OH

There are reasons to be wary. Some of these institutions could have higher levels of participation on RateMyProfessor.com and thus skew the results, so take it with a grain of salt.

That being said, during my own college experience here in North Dakota one of the chief complaints I heard students making was that so many of the professors had thick accents that were hard to understand which complicated already difficult areas of study. And the professors, at least according to the students I spoke with, seemed to care little about whether they were understood or not.

This is what happens at institutions that pride themselves more on the prestige of their faculty and the federal grants that prestige can reel in than educating students. This is definitely the vibe I get from UND (and NDSU for that matter), and when I see the universities crowing about new record-breaking enrollments what I wonder about is how many of those students are getting a quality education as opposed to being pushed through like so many cattle through a chute.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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