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Stony Brook University

How this student rated the school
Research QualityA- Research AvailabilityD-
Research FundingF Graduate PoliticsF
Errand RunnersF Degree CompletionB
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]B- Sufficient PayF
CompetitivenessD- Education QualityC
Faculty AccessibilityF Useful ResearchA
ExtracurricularsB Success-UnderstandingD
Surrounding CityF Social Life/EnvironmentF
"Individual" treatmentF FriendlinessF
SafetyC Campus BeautyF
Campus MaintenanceF University Resource/spendingF
Describes the student body as:
Broken Spirit

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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He cares more about Campus Maintenance than the average student.
Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Art & Design Department (This Major's Salary over time)
My experience in the Art department at Stony Brook has been, on the whole, a forgettable one. After accepting the invitation to study here, I was told at orientation that the professor with whom most of the students had hoped to work would be leaving as of that semester. After the loss of this professor—who was really the only active faculty member teaching in the department's self-proclaimed
area of concentration
—another faculty member was not hired to take the position for two years. The faculty members that are left act as if any assistance they give you should be considered a personal favor (whether this is due to the fact that they do not work in your field, or because they are too absorbed in their own work and departmental politics to care is difficult to say).

Aside from these glaring deficiencies, the department also utilizes its teaching assistants in questionable ways. Although the contract that graduate students sign upon entering the program states that as a TA students will only be asked to assist in the teaching of one class, upon arrival the graduate director assigns them a second job—from filing slides to acting as a faculty member's Research Assistant. (It should be noted that RA's at the University are paid more than TA's, but the department offers up the services of its graduate students "under the table" as an incentive program to keep faculty members from taking jobs elsewhere.)

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