Wait…You Mean Professors are Supposed to Teach?!?!?

Matt DiGiovanni

We’ve all had them, the professors which seem to slip through the cracks and do as little educating as possible despite the fact that it’s their job. There are times where I hear people complain, but then when actually observing the students behavior, I notice that it is the student’s fault, not the professor’s. However, I am strictly discussing when it is the professor who is at least mostly at fault.

In my freshman year, I took predominantly entry-level classes as one would expect; however both semesters I ended up taking classes where at one point or another I ended up feeling very apathetic, because no matter the effort I put in to the class, my results were the same. I am by no means a perfect student, but I know when I deserve better.

This brings me to my major point. If UNH is truly concerned with freshman retention rates, why not solve one of the major problems: incompetent professors. While that may sound harsh, what could turn off a student (and his or her parents) more than poor academic programs? I’m never one to complain about the price of attending UNH, but if a student’s schedule has one or two poor professors per semester in his or her first year, justifying the price tag becomes increasingly difficult.

At this point, some may think, “that’s what CourseEval is for.” As far as I’m concerned, that is another problem. I’m about 95 percent sure that every professor I’ve taken a class with has mentioned that they take all of his or her evaluations seriously, yet only a handful have actually provided proof of this through improvements. Additionally, when I hear the number of complaints centered on a specific list of professors, I wonder how they are still teaching here if that many students are dissatisfied.

I have never regretted attending UNH, and in most student complaints, I’ll be honest, I side with the university, however; when actual hardworking students struggle and suffer despite great work, I say to myself, “what the hell UNH?”

I would like to close on an unrelated note, with a huge thank you to Zack Rosen, the current editor-in-chief of The Charger Bulletin, for providing UNH with 26 magical issues full of riveting news this year, and for passing on his baby to me, as I will be replacing him as editor-in-chief for the 2010-11 school year. I promise I won’t hurt your baby Zack!