Ray Ballard at Texas A&M University at Commerce

Ray Ballard

  • 2.5Overall Quality
  • 2.7Helpfulness
  • 2.3Clarity
  • 2.4Easiness

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Class
Rating
Comment
5/20/14

Eco 562

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedA

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

5/15/14

ECO 562

Accredited

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/8/14

ECO562

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/19/14

ECO 562

Accredited

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness2

Clarity1

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/A

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

11/26/13

ECO 562

Accredited

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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 But it's hard to take a professor seriously when the class is disorganized with an outdated syllabus.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.

5/6/13

ECO-562

Accredited

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/17/12

ECO562

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

11/1/12

ECO562

Poor Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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.

8/6/12

ECON562

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness4

Clarity3

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/13/12

ECO562

Poor Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/14/12

ECO562

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest2

Grade ReceivedN/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!

3/14/12

ECO562

Good Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness5

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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!

5/13/11

ECON562

Average Quality

Easiness3

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

12/21/10

ECO562

Average Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness3

Clarity2

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

4/18/10

ECO562

Poor Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity2

Rater Interest3

Grade ReceivedN/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.

3/16/10

ECO562

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

8/15/09

ECON562

Average Quality

Easiness4

Helpfulness2

Clarity4

Rater Interest4

Grade ReceivedN/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.

5/7/09

ECON562

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness5

Clarity5

Rater Interest5

Grade ReceivedN/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. :)

4/20/09

ECO562

Good Quality

Easiness2

Helpfulness4

Clarity4

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

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

4/9/09

ECON562

Poor Quality

Easiness1

Helpfulness1

Clarity1

Rater Interest1

Grade ReceivedN/A

The worst professor that I have ever had. Obstinate and arrogant towards students. It took him over 4 weeks to grade the first assignment. Laziness is what it seemed like to me. THE WORST!!!!!

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