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Robert Basow
Professor in the Journalism department
at University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
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Overall Quality
2.6
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.6
Clarity
2.6
Easiness
3.5
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32 Student Ratings
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12/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
J420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, she is such a sweet guy. Really cares about his students. Yes, he is a little older and doesn't quite know how to work blackboard, but it is an easy A if you just show up to class and listen.

10/23/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Jour 420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Basow is a pretty good teacher. Yes, he goes off on random tangents and it does suck you aren't allowed to use computers. Overall though, I like him as a teacher. His tests are easy, he provides clear guidelines, and he is great when you go to him for help.

05/14/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
J420 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Not a good teacher. Rambles about nothing for as much as an hour in a hour and 15 minute class. Easy class, though.

12/12/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
JOUR640 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

There were points that I wanted to yell at Basow, but in the end he really does care about getting students a good campaign. He does so much for the classes, more than any other campaigns teacher. He is a little full of himself, but he means well. Only annoying thing is you have to do things HIS way or you will have problems.

12/02/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
JOUR676 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Bob carries a big stick. Campaigns is his life (even though he's terrible about making time to meet with him) and it's hard for him to realize that people have other commitments in their life, such as class, and expects you to drop everything for Campaigns. He is the biggest micro-manager and his teaching is completely outdated by about 20 years.

11/21/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
JOUR676 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Boring. Thinks he's God's gift to teaching.

10/28/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

At the beginning of the semester, professor Basow and I did not get along and but heads a bit, but then we had a good conversation and he made me realize he's there to help. His class wasn't too demanding and he definitely helped if you needed it. I'd recommend him!

10/21/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
JOUR676 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Basow is GREAT! I have him right now for campaigns and I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Unlike most campaign teachers he wants you to do well and outlines everything you need to do and not just leave you hanging. Def take him for campaigns!

10/05/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Completely agree with the last review. Easy in the end but NOT WORTH IT. Really, I mean that.

07/21/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
4 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very poor professor all around. Easy class in the end but not worth making you want to pull your hair out over his stupidity.

04/11/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The most out of touch prof I've ever had! Not a good thing considering the subject matter he is supposed to be teaching. Avoid if at all possible. He is extremely rude. In class he doesn't even know how to answer his own questions he just babbles on until he talks his way out of whatever point it was he was trying to make.

03/30/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

As a senior about to graduate, this is the worst class I have taken in my college career. This teacher is extremely egotistical. He really enjoys listening to himself talk, which is mostly about irrelevant tangents. If you have questions about a concept he will easily get frustrated with you if you do not get it immediately. Avoid him!

03/06/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The field of Marketing is a flexible evolving field. He is very inflexible and unable to listen to others if he doesn't agree. Not a strong communicator.

03/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Worst professor I've had at KU PERIOD

03/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I find it ironic he teaches a class with "communications" in the title. He is impossible to talk to, EXTREMELY rude. Class material isn't hard & it's nteresting but he doesn't seem to have a strong grasp of the material in the book. On his teset you have to try to answer it from his perspective, not straight forward test of the material at all.

03/03/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Talk about ego! He can't even get the generation cut offs right, multiple times. I am not part of Generation X! Look it up in any text book, o wait I forgot he'll disagree with what the textbook says and just say I won't listen to it, I'm right. Well guess what you're not, talk to any other Marketing Prof. Worst experience at KU, stay away!

10/22/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
JOUR568 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

A lot of these ratings seem unfair. The course is extremely difficult, but you can learn A LOT from Prof. Basow. He is *by far* the hardest working instructor I have ever had. The amount of time he puts in to help our class is unbelievable. If you want an easy A, he's not the right choice for you; but he gives you invaluable real world experience.

04/19/2009
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
JOUR676 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A man with an ego to match his girth. Pompous and overblown, this man thinks that he is the end-all-be-all of the world. He likes to degrade his students in front of campaigns clients and his sucking-up will make you sick to your stomach. He lives vicariously through campaigns because he couldn't cut it in the real world.

09/10/2008
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
StratComm Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Basow's Strategic Communications course was the ONLY bad experience I had at the University of Kansas. To say he is difficult to communicate with is an understatement. After spending time in the industry, I can tell you the actual coursework is as outdated as he is. Take this course from a different professor! Save yourself the bad KU experience.

06/24/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
5 Easiness
JOUR433 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

The worst experience I have had in class. He teaches as if he is leading a 1st grade discussion. Totally obsessed with himself. Asks rhetorical questions, but waits for answers. Uses ducks and ponds as a serious analogy. Not a good time, makes me want to end myself. Easiest A you'll get in a 400 level class, though.

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