I drew that conclusion after looking at the best professor rankings that the Center for College Affordability and Productivity produced by using professor evaluations from RateMyProfessors. RateMyProfessors maintains evaluations for more than one million professors.
Out of a universe of 610 schools that the think tank examined, here is how the Ivy League institutions fare on the list of schools with the best professors:
111. Princeton University
152. Columbia University
187. University of Pennsylvania
196. Brown University
213. Yale University
247. Harvard University
294. Dartmouth College
414. Cornell University
Ivy League Professors and Undergrads
Here’s an excerpt from my post:
I suspect that Ivy League enthusiasts will whine that Ivy League professors receive mediocre evaluations because the grading is so difficult. Actually, it’s much easier for Ivy League students to get “A’s” than at most other types of college and universities. In fact, students who attend regional public universities that attract commuters face much tougher grading than Ivy League students, according to research conducted by Stuart Rojstaczer, a former Duke University professors and creator of GradeInflation.com. In other words, the grading policies at Ivy Leagues schools can be quite cushy.
Why are the rankings of Ivy League professors less than stellar when their institutions enjoy such vaunted reputations? I’d suggest that it’s because the professors at the Ivies are far more focused on the graduate programs and their own research. If you’re an undergrad at an Ivy League school, the professors just aren’t that into you.
Here’s where you can read my entire CBS MoneyWatch post:
Lynn O’Shaughnessy is the author of The College Solution, an Amazon bestseller and a workbook, Shrinking the Cost of College: 152 Ways to Cut the Cost of a Bachelor’s Degree. Follow her on Twitter.