The Rice Thresher (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 33, Ed. 1 Saturday, February 12, 1949 Page: 4 of 8
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WHAT 09 A
What Do You Think of the In-
structor Rating Poll?
This week most of the students
seemed to be in favor of the I.R.P,
(Instructor Rating Poll). Bill Goli-
bart said, "Yes, I think that the I.-
R.P. is a good thing to have, in that
it gives the students a chance to
freely praise or condemn a professor
with respect to his teaching ability."
Does the student use the I.R.P. as
an opportunity to improve those
faults of his instructors which he
I eels are in need of correction, or
does he look upon the I.R.P. only as
a chance to be "witty?"
"I think most students take it
seriously and honestly try to show
the instructors their faults, Betty
Jo Joplin replied.
Martin Brown argued that, "Most
students have never been teachers
and are not qualified to distinguish
between a good or a bad teacher.
But I do think that most students
are serious when answering the I.-
R.P. It would be nothing but a waste
of time and energy if they were not
"It does not accomplish anything
unless it is done conscientiously. It
is too bad that only the witty crit-
icisms are publicized, because all of
the I.R.P.'s value is lost as far as
the public is concerned." Joan Coch-
ran, an alumna, said.
Does the I.R.P. accomplish its pur-
pose, that of showing the instruc-
tors their faults ?
"The poll manages to show the
instructors those faults which are
unintentional or unknown to them
such as speech, speed of lectures,
and so forth." Jackie Terrill answer-
Walter Deakin said, "Everyone
should know his faults and be given
a chance to correct them. They can-
not be corrected if they are un-
known—the students through the
I.R.P. reveal to the instructor his
"The results of the I.R.P. depend
upon the instructor's attitude, and
whether or not he takes it serious-
ly and attempts to carrect his faults.
Some professors do not feel that
undergraduates are qualified to
judge them. But as far as volume of
speech and the like go, the student's
criticisms are generally correct."
Tom Smith said.
"Nothing is accomplished if the
student resorts to using the I.R.P.
as a means of satisfying his bitter
ness toward an instructor and blaim
hhn for his low marks instead of his
own inaptitude." George Butler
On the other hand, Abner Ussery
said, "I would be unfair to any un-
fair professor—it is a natural re-
If constructive, not destructive
j criticisms are given, it should ac-
complish its purpose." Leonard
Willie Pilcher pointed out that,
"Those instructors who are the best
and most interested in their jobs
also have the most interest in their
class's feeling towards them with
or without the aid of the poll."
When questioned about the pres-
ent blanks used for the I.R.P. Tom
Smith said, "The form is very com-
plete and seems to cover everything.
The results depend more on the at-
tention given to it by the students
as they answer the questions."
After mulling over the answers
given to this week's question, I Re-
lieve that most of the student body
I is solidly behind the I.R.P. and are
j in favor of its continuation. Yes, we
lull have high hopes that a word to
I the wise is sufficient, especially so,
since this has been our only chance
j to inform our instructors of their
1 faults without endangering a suc-
cessful continuation of our courses.
SAN CARLOS —
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clarification in semester and quarter
terms is understood. Courses will
be for two units of credit, "with a
maximum of six credits, and in-
struction will be given in five hourly
meetings per week.
For the beginning student there
will be daily intensive training in
Spanish grammar, composition, con-
versation, and literature all conduc-
ted by Guatemalan instructors. The
more advanced student can select
from a variety of undergraduate
and graduate courses lectured in
Spanish and including economics,
geography, history, literature, phi-
losophy, phonetics, and stylistics and
composition. To the graduate stu-
dent the School is prepared to offer
a Master of Arts degree in three
summer sessions in either Spanish
literature or Latin American Stud-
ies, or courses at the graduate level.
The summer catalogue which con-
tains detailed information concern-
ing expenses, housing, special stu-
dent discounts for air travel, and
sight-seeing opportunities in the
coastal plains and Mayan Highlands,
can be obtained by writing air mail
to the Secretary of the Summer
School, Apartado 179, Guatemala, C.
Abandon hope all ye
Who enter here.
—Mary Baker Eddy.
Council Rating Blanks Produce
Interesting, Unusual Results
By Georgia Hink, Ruey Boone, and Jeanne Lewis
Taking advantage of their opportunity to criticize their
professors, either eomplimentarily or unfavorably, Rice stu-
dents filled out the Student Council-sponsored rating blanks,
this week, with some interesting and unusual results. Some
of these results will be discussed February 24 in a Forum
meeting by four Rice profes-
The opinion of some members of
the faculty was that the success of
the poll is doubtful, because of the
type of rating sheet being used. B.
B. Hudson, Assistant Professor of
Psychology, explained that the the
rating polls are of little value un-
less properly designed. They should
be conducted with purely objective
questions, which can be answered
by "yes" or "no". Mi*. Hudson ex-
pressed the belief that "rating scales
represent a really technical problem.
The Rice scale contains many of the
faults which have led other organi-
zations such as the army and the
State department to abandon the use
of such rating polls."
Other suggestions included are:
requirement of the students to state
their professional ambition whether
they are taking the course by choice,
compulsion, or for credit.
Other faculty members expressed
the belief that freshman students
should not be allowed to rate the
professors because of lack of ex-
perience. J. C. Morehead, associate
professor of architecture, explained
that freshmen students do not yet
know what to expect from their pro-
fessors. C. W. Heaps, professor of
physics, said that freshmen tend
to retain the natural antagonism
toward their teachers which they
felt in high school. They often make
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Friday Is Deadline
Ben Hammond, chairman of the
Student Council Election Committee,
announced Thursday that Freshman
elections will be conducted on Mon-
day, February 28. All petitions for
student offices must be submitted
by noon Friday, Feb. 18, and ex-
panse accounts must be turned in by
noon of Saturday the 26th.
Shortly afterw&rd the Council
considered the election rules as re-
vised by the Election Committee.
The Council decided to let the Hon-
or Council decide as to whether or
not the speaking of Honor Council
candidates at Forum Political Ral-
lies should be construed as cam-
j paigning. The election rules were
| further clarified by a motion of
I Nancy Hood, subsequently passed,
stating that candidates violating any
election rules pertaining to expense
accounts would be automatically dis-
qualified by the Election Commit-
tee and disposal of all other viola-
tors shall be left to the Election
Committee'. This motion was passed
in order to eliminate much of the
confusion ^occurring during last
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