Paul L. Caron

Thursday, February 23, 2012

North Carolina Law Prof Asks Students to Pump Up His Rate My Professor Ranking

CorradoAbove the Law, UNC Law Prof Sends a ‘Rather Embarrassing’ Request, Asks Former Students to Help His Online Rating:

Rating sites apparently even have the power to bring a well-known UNC Law professor to his electronic knees. It’s not every day that a torts professor sends his former students a “rather embarrassing request” to repair his online reputation. It’s also certainly not every day that the students respond en masse….

On Tuesday, Professor Michael Corrado sent the following email to 2Ls who took his torts class last year, basically pleading for their help. ...

I have a rather embarrassing request of you. An undergraduate brought something to my attention that needs to be fixed. It seems that there is a website, something like Rate My Professors, where my rating is so bad that he was uncertain about whether to take my course or not. I was puzzled, because my evaluations are generally not bad. It turns out that there are just a couple of responses on the site, and they are apparently from people who have a real grievance against me for some reason.

They are certainly entitled to their opinions, but it isn’t really a fair reflection of my teaching (I hope).

What I would like to ask of you is whether, if you are so inclined, you would go onto that site and write your own review of my teaching. I’m not asking you to write a favorable review, just to write an honest review. I think that overall I would get much better ratings if a number of people did this and just gave their honest views.

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Students who typically offer reviews had problems with the professors, so the results are likley misleading. If you check the dates of the ratings, the professor is getting a respectable number of responses. However, I might dispute those who give him a high rating on "hotness."

Posted by: Woody | Feb 23, 2012 10:40:53 PM

I get that Above the Law, which bills itself as a legal gossip blog, is going to characterize the articles to which it links in whatever manner will maximize page views, but I'm surprised you'd stoop to those levels, Paul.

The professor mentioned in this article made a very reasonable request and, while he anticipated that honest evaluations would tend to increase his ranking, he very clearly did not "ask students to pump up" his ranking. Shame on you.

Posted by: AJ | Feb 24, 2012 8:37:09 AM

I agree with AJ. The Professor makes a reasonable request. RateMyProfessor or what ever site it is should thank him for driving traffick its way.

Posted by: GaryD | Feb 25, 2012 8:38:24 AM