The Princeton Review Publishes its First-Ever Best Professors Guide

The Princeton Review Publishes its First-Ever Best Professors Guide
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    The Princeton Review is one of the most well-known services companies in the field of education, offering guides, test preparation assistance and individualized tutoring for college-bound students.

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Teams up with RateMyProfessors.com to offer a unique book.

The company, which is not related to Princeton University, but does own the Penn Foster Education Group, has recently published “The Best 300 Professors,” a guide that looks at America’s top undergrad instructors. The guide was developed with RateMyProfessors.com; SayCampusLife.com was given a review copy and we’re sharing highlights with our readers here.

The Princeton Review worked with RateMyProfessors.com to come up with a list of 300 of our nation’s top professors. RMP is the top-rated college professors website in the U.S.; the final selection was based on data pulled from the Review’s surveys of college students at thousands of colleges in addition to the ratings at those schools on RMP.

Rated, Not Ranked

The professors’ guide does not rank the chosen professors nor their colleges. Instead, the guide serves as a roll of committed instructors, providing a rich tapestry of college faculty. More than 60 academic fields are represented with professors coming from 122 different colleges and universities. Profiles of those schools are also included in the guide.

Each professor’s profile are organized within academic fields. Those fields include animal science, business, engineering, geography, literature, music, neuroscience, religion, sport management and theatre. Visit any category and the professors are listed alphabetically.

Professor & School Representation

The professors represented in the book consist of 76 percent male, 24 percent female. New York led the way with most professors and colleges represented, with 43 professors at 20 colleges chosen. California, Virginia, Massachusetts and Ohio followed in professor representation.

The schools at the top end of the representation list are for the most part not household names. Leading the list with 14 professors was Mount Holyoke College followed by James Madison University with 11. Colgate University and the College of William & Mary followed with 10 each. Kenyon College, a small Ohio school with just 1,600 students, had nine.

Among academic departments, Mathematics offered 32 professors followed by psychology with 24 and both English and History with 22 each. Some 17 academic departments had just one professor represented including biochemistry, education, human development and music.

Notes and Comments

With each professor listing, the guide offers a comment from the professor along with key comments from students. For example, Steven E. Woodworth is a history professor at Texas Christian University. When asked why he thinks students value his teaching he replied, “Maybe it’s because I’m having so much fun with history. Maybe it’s contagious.” His students, however, are more succinct, offering comments such as, “He knows his Civil War history, so don’t try to play around, he will catch you on it!” and “He was pretty funny while lecturing at times, and he does it all from memory.”

So, what motivated the Princeton Review to publish a guide that is quite unlike any guide this company has produced before? Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP/Publisher and author of the Company’s flagship college guide, The Best 376 Colleges, “We developed this project as a tribute to the extraordinary dedication of America’s undergraduate college professors and the vitally important role they play in our culture, and our democracy. One cannot page through this book without feeling tremendous respect for the powerful ways these teachers are enriching their students’ lives, their colleges, and ultimately our future as a society.”

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