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Ray Ballard
Professor in the Economics department
at Texas A&M University at Commerce, Commerce, TX
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Overall Quality
2.5
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.7
Clarity
2.3
Easiness
2.4
Helpfulness
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10/09/2014
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A-
"Lectures are long"

3 classes and extra credit opportunities. Not all that difficult, but the class live sessions were horrible!! He is a good guy and even gives his cell number for any questions, but it's 2 hours twice a week of nearly unintelligible lecturing. It is nearly impossible to understand what he's saying. If you have a mathcalculus background you'll breeze through.

05/20/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
Eco 562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: A

Well, online lectures were torture, all they consisted of was working problems yet tests were all multiple choice concept questions. Seems like a nice man but would never take again

05/15/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO 562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Economics is not easy; Dr. Ballard made it manageable. He moves slowly through the online sessions to ensure deeper understanding. He encourages questions and gives students his cell number to call and ask questions. The course is only three exams and extra credit. He does give a review prior to each exam.

05/08/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Just bad. The course content is not too difficult, but the presentation is seriously lacking. Exam questions are vague and unclear. Lectures are long and slow. Professor is inaccessible through email. I would not recommend.

03/19/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO 562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Hated the class. couldn't understand a single word he said. stay away.

11/26/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO 562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's a nice and helpful, and the class wasn't too hard. But it's hard to take a professor seriously when the class is disorganized with an outdated syllabus. I had an issue with an exam question I thought was marked wrong, and he never responded to my email about it. A huge turn off. What's worse is he and his GA have such poor grammar.

05/06/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO-562 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Not an easy course if you do not have a minimum of math and statistic background. Dr. Ballard was very helpful however it is difficult to understand what he says. Read the book thoroughly and do the extra credits if you want to get an A.

12/17/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Ballard makes economics tolerable. He is laid back, will always take your phone call for questions but does appreciate lecture attendance. He provides enough extra credit to bump up 1 letter grade. Economics is not the easiest class for me, I made an A and would definitely take him again.

11/01/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is very nice, although he's probably one of the worst teachers I've ever had. He doesn't explain things very well. The online class meets twice a week and I just feel like I don't get anything out of it. I would not recommend him to anyone.

08/06/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Took the 4 week online summer session. Dr. Ballard is very kind and does take an interest in his students. However, the course seemed so disorganized that it was more difficult than it should have been. He is very available, but seemed to overcomplicate the format of the class. I would not take him online again.

05/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He does not give you the curve if you do not do the "extra credit " work. Do the extra credit work "or else". Attendance is not mandatory, but he holds absence against you when you miss. So I am told if you are dual track (5-year MBA) his demeanor toward you is MUCH better.

03/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Ballard is an extremely helpful professor and is always willing to help. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met and he truly cares about his students. I would highly recommend his class!

03/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor. Took the online class. Attend the live classes, do the required problems and you will be fine. He is always easy to reach and responses fast. Tests are tuff, but he does adjust the curve! I would take him anytime again!

05/13/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Course is somewhat difficult, but not overwhelming. Fairly generous extra credit is offered. The online section offers a weekly lecture. Dr. Ballard is very nice, but explanations/instructions are at times hard to follow and, on certain occasions, contradictory to those given previously.

12/21/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

took this professor for Managerial Economics. not too much work but the exams are not easy. You will need to study to pass the exam and watch the lectures. If you are looking for a class with very few assignments but two difficult exams - this is it. I recommend you do the extra credit.

04/18/2010
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice man, easy class, but I wouldn't recommend. Dr. Ballard forgets what chapter the lecture is on half the time, does not communicate well by e-mail, can't use technology. He'll assign problems, but won't give you the solutions. When you ask him about it, he'll forget what problems he gave you. Take Swift if you want to learn economics.

03/16/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Really nice person. He is a good teacher, however the material does seem a bit heavy so it would really take sometime to understand what he is teaching, reading the book is the key in this class although he does give some real life explanations in class the material was just not my cup of tea. He gives extra credit and a big curve in the end.

08/15/2009
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nice man w/ grandfatherly demeanor. Online office hours available before every webinar. Grading was 3 tests, all mult choice, computer generated. READ THE TEXT WORD FOR WORD! Answers are there; but you won't find if you don't already know where to look. Offered (3) extra credit assignments worth 10 test points each. Do the work, you'll get your A.

05/07/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Ballard is great. He will spend hours on class live or in office hours. He brings a real world approach to econ. Experienced, enthusiastic and a gentleman, I enjoyed the class even though I listened to the recordings. I would suggest him to anyone. His goal is to help you gain the knowledge...you still have to do the work. :)

04/20/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO562 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Difficult material but his webinars are helpful. He also offers extra credit.

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