Profs make time for undergrads
We hear a lot about class size and teacher-student interaction in elementary, middle and high school. It’s just as important in higher education.
At our colleges, it’s easy to take for granted that professors keep their doors open and are available to students when they have questions or need advice or guidance. But that doesn’t happen everywhere — especially if classes are very large or taught by graduate assistants instead of Ph.D. faculty, as is often the case at large research institutions.
“There’s a community here,” said Pete Federer, faculty member and economics department chair at Macalester College. “We really push these kids hard, at Mac and in our department in particular, and the personal interaction we have with them as professors helps them and supports them emotionally, at a human level.”
And that undergrad-faculty interaction does matter. The contact in and outside the classroom can add up, with professors able to help students consider career options and speak up for the students.