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What Students Want from College Instructors

  • Expectations of student performance that are reasonable in quantity and quality and are consistently communicated.

  • Sensitivity to the diverse demands on students and reasonable flexibility in accommodating them.

  • Effective use of class time.

  • A classroom environment that values students' input and protects their dignity.

  • A classroom demeanor that includes humor and spontaneity.

  • Examinations that address issues properly covered in class, are appropriate to the level of the majority of students in the class, are punctually scored and returned, and are used fairly to determine final class grades.

  • Consistently positive treatment of individual students, including a willingness to spend extra time before or after class meetings to provide additional support.

Source:  Lyons, Kysilka, Pawlas, The Adjunct Professor's Guide to Success, Allyn & Bacon, Needham Heights, MA, 1999.

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