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SPC Ranks #15 on Ratemyprofessors.com

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RateMyProfessors.com is built for college students, by college students. It is the highest-trafficked U.S. college professor rating site, reaching its highest-trafficked month ever in August 2012 (7.7 million unique visitors). Owned and operated by MTV’s college network, mtvU, the site consists entirely of student-generated ratings of current or former professors, featuring more than 8,000 schools, 1.8 million professors and 15 million ratings. RateMyProfessors.com reaches 6 million college students on average each month.

New York, NY (September 16, 2015)mtvU’s RateMyProfessors.com, the largest online destination for college professor ratings, released its annual lists ranking the nation’s top professors and universities, based entirely on students’ input.

St. Petersburg College is ranked #15 on the annual list compared to other community colleges in the nation.

Professor Anthony Nappi says he has heard of the website, and although he doesn’t agree with some of the categories that create ratings, he is not surprised SPC ranks so high. He says, “We focus on excellent instruction and quality education,” which attributes to the excellent rating.

Dr. Jennifer Haber agrees that the website is not a valuable tool and is unreliable due to its rating categories that factor in things like a professor’s “hotness”. Because the users on the site are anonymous, anyone can rate however they want and as many times as they want, which makes it a meaningless tool.

Olivia Puccio, a student at SPC, says she has heard of the site but doesn’t use it. She says, “This was surprising to me because I didn’t know St. Pete College was ranked so high! This is a great fact to have learned!”

SPC student Vince Gidaro says he has used the site before but not often. He stated that the site can be helpful finding professors who are quality teachers and do not focus on “busy work.” When he heard about SPC’s ranking he said it was “Surprising but awesome! Wow!”

Another student, Zack Benson, says he uses the site frequently to help him choose his classes. He agreed with Gidaro by saying it was “very surprising” that a smaller school like SPC would be ranked so high nationally compared to other colleges.

What do you think of this recognition? It appears as though SPC’s students have voiced their opinion and are, overall, happy with their time at SPC. You can talk about it more on the Sandbox’s facebook page!

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