RateMyProfessors.com is proud to present our 2013-2014 annual Top Lists ranking the nation’s top professors and universities, based entirely on students’ input. Indian River State College’s Pat Fitzsimmons, a mathematics professor leads the list of top university professors, followed by Chad J. Kuyper, a Speech professor at Florida State College at Jacksonville and Monessa Cummins, a classics professor at Grinnell College.
Topping the nation’s list of universities are University of Wisconsin Madison, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Georgia and James Madison University. This year’s top universities list is dominated by many colleges located in the South, with 13 of the top 25 schools coming from that region, including the University of Texas and Vanderbilt University.Different from typical college rankings, this list is generated entirely from the input of the students themselves – providing an authentic overview of daily life at each respective school.
As many students continue to pursue moderately priced alternatives to traditional four-year universities, RateMyProfessors.com once again published a list of highest-rated junior and community colleges. Pulaski Technical College clinched the top spot, with Snow College and Miracosta College following close behind. This year’s top junior and community college professor is Melinda Shoemaker, a Behavioral Science professor from the Broward College – one of nine junior college professors from Florida to make the list – followed by Joseph Maestas, a Physical Education professor from Tarrant County College.
This year, Rate My Professors released our third annual Fun Lists in conjunction with the release of the official Top Lists. These Fun Lists feature Colleges with the Hottest Faculty, Unusual Department Names, and more.
RateMyProfessors.com Top Lists Ranking Methodology
RateMyProfessors.com is the largest online destination for professor ratings with more than 7,000 schools and 15 million ratings. Each year, RateMyProfessors.com compiles Top Lists of the highest-rated professors, hottest professors, and top schools in the U.S. based on ratings from students. The site uses a five-point Likert scale as well as a binary scoring system for students to rate professors. Below is a summary of the overall methodology used to compile the 2014 rankings:
Professors are ranked according to the following methodology: Each individual professor rating is first standardized and, subsequently, the standardized scores for the past three years are weighted, putting more weight on recent years and less weight on ratings from the past (15 percent for 2012, 25 percent for 2013, 60 percent for 2014). Using the weighted score, professors are ranked from high to low. Only professors with 30 ratings or more are included to provide statistical significance.
It should also be noted that school size does not affect the outcome of the lists nor does it give professors from larger schools an advantage over their corollaries from smaller schools. RateMyProfessors.com performed a regression analysis on school size vs. number of ratings and found no noteworthy correlation.
More information on how this methodology was applied to each category is available here. Data analysis is conducted with the help of Wolfgang Jank who is the Anderson Professor of Global Management in the Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences at the University of South Florida.
Rate My Professors’ 2013-2014 Top Lists