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Washington State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityF Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkF Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessC+
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeF
Surrounding CityD Extra CurricularsB+
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Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Self Absorbed

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She cares more about Educational Quality than the average student.
Date: Oct 24 2007
Major: Biology (This Major's Salary over time)
I obtained my first degree out-of-state and was so impressed with my school and its professors. I was pushed hard, got a great education and was mentored by the "cream of the crop". WSU is far from the "cream of the crop" and has been nothing but a let-down in comparison. I would not recommend this school, especially for science majors.

As an older student in my late thirties that is pursuing a second degree, I am responsible and do not easily formulate a negative opinion of authority figures. I did, though, have high expectations of WSU and am certainly disappointed. I have teaching experience and have been trained if various aspects of instructional design and public speaking so feel confident in stating that WSU professors are substandard. The team taught classes are unorganized; after each exam a new teacher is brought on board with his/her own expectations, style, etc. It is obvious that the professors involved in the team-teaching do not communicate appropriately. This is not conducive to learning. There are several teachers that are new PhD graduates with minimal public speaking, teaching or "real world" experience. Many of the science teachers are blatantly unapproachable and interested only in research. Their teaching styles consist of simply talking quickly and facing PowerPoint presentations while students prod them to turn around so their words may be heard. One of my professors began his class by asking that his students not direct questions to him as he was too busy to address them. Students are expected to learn more from TA's than from teachers. A few of the TA's are great; others are simply young kids with no "real world" experience that have picked up on their professors' aloof attitudes. Teachers are given very free reign to teach whichever material they wish to teach. In other words: one class will teach entirely different material than another. This is obvious when you start studying with students taking courses from different professors.

Parents: don't send your kids here; it's not worth the money. Send them to a school where teaching is more of a focus than research. There are great colleges out there - WSU just isn't one of them.

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