Students should have more than one option for professors of required courses


Kernel Opinion SIG

There’s a common issue on UK’s campus that seldom receives the attention it should: You must take a required class for graduation, but only one professor teaches it.

To some students, this may seem like no issue, but to others, it’s the beginning of a long, difficult semester. Previous animosity from a past encounter, email or rumor, or poor personality and teaching-style may cause a certain awkwardness and uncomfortable presence in the atmosphere during class.

No student should endure an unpleasant 16-week semester with thoughts lingering in the back of their mind about their final grade just for a requirement for graduation. It’s time for UK to fix this issue.

By offering a minimum of two professors to teach a class, the issue would be solved simply. This would allow a student to weigh his or her options to see which professor is a better fit personality and teaching-style wise– especially if any past animosity happens to be there.

This doesn’t merely amount to the dislike or previous friction between a student and a professor, but certain students respond better to certain teaching styles and personalities. A student who enjoys an outgoing, over-the-top professor who lectures straight from memory and involves the class may not be suited for a professor who sits at their desk and reads in a monotone voice off a previously created PowerPoint, and vice versa.

If UK were to begin offering at least two professors per class to allow students an option, final grades and attitudes about going to class could be improved. If a student has a good attitude about class, his or her overall presence in that class and mood will be reflected, but if a student is unhappy with a teaching-style or past grievance, that will unfortunately reflect class participation and mood as well.

UK needs to figure out this all-too-common issue and put an end to it. It’s time to start offering a solution to this problem that students are facing, sometimes more than once, during their time at UK.