Historical Grade Summary

I have a reputation for being a demanding teacher. In fact, one student described me by saying, "You'll learn, but you'll fail." (I saw this on www.TeacherReviews.com. The student [I presume it was a student, but there's no way to be sure] who posted this review chose not to say what grade s/he received.) That's the problem with word of mouth recommendations and urban legends: you have no idea how accurate they are.

Well, here's the facts. The summary below includes all 203 sections I have taught from 19764 through 20033, with the exception of a couple of old independent studies and incompletes whose records I cannot find. Other than that, these statistics are complete.

Grade Number Percentage
A
736
15.8
B
1,219
26.1
C
1,086
23.3
D
611
13.1
F
556
11.9
W
459
9.8
Total
4,667
 

for an overall total GPA of 2.23. I hope someone finds this information useful.


By the way, a disgruntled student posted a review of me on 2/1/02. He did badly in my Operating Systems class and therefore believes that the failure rate for my OS sections "is probably upwards [sic] around 35-45%."

He is accusing me of using statistics to lie. Well, I don't particularly like being called a liar, especially in a professional context, so here's the relevant data: as of 20021, the average failure rate of all the sections of Operating Systems I've ever taught is 9.7%, more than 2% lower than the overall average for all my courses.

This student makes numerous other unsubstantiated claims that would be fun to refute, for example:

but what's the point? He's clearly made up his mind about me already, so he'll most likely dismiss anything I say as more self-serving lies. Well, I hope he's enjoying his fantasy world, because his first job is going to be a rude awakening.