Queen’s Journal – Professors: priceless

By Jane Switzer, Editor in Chief

Last week, one of my professors took the first five minutes of class to gauge students’ opinions on the proposed changes to the English department’s curriculum. An hour later the class was still talking, and had opened up to a larger discussion about Queen’s academic future.

The University’s latest round of academic planning got me thinking about the changing role of professors at post-secondary institutions. Yes, professors. Remember them? They’re the people with PhDs who arguably have the biggest effect on students’ university educations. And in case you haven’t noticed, larger classes, diminishing course options and the mounting pressure to publish has, in some cases, restricted professors’ ability to actually teach students.

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