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How much do professors know about their students?

LurkNessMonsterLurkNessMonster Posts: 2,015Registered User Senior Member
edited January 2008 in Parents Forum
I know some CC parents are professors, so maybe someone here might know the answer to this idle question. I was wondering, how much information are professors given about their students? My daughter attends a large state university. Are professors given any info about the students in their classes, such as what their SATs are, their home state, their intended major, whether they're on a scholarship or not, etc.?
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  • originaloogoriginaloog Posts: 2,645Registered User Senior Member
    As an prof in an engineering department I get no such information. My new students enter the classroom as a clean slate and rise or fall on their academic performance in the classroom. Certainly after a year toiling in the department we get to know many of our students and the talents they bring into the classroom. And yes we do know those who are recipients of our departmental scholarships though not those on the university level. And personally i do not care to be aware of such informaton.
  • NewHope33NewHope33 Posts: 6,208Registered User Senior Member
    DW and many friends are profs. Based on their combined experience the answer is a definitive "No."
  • corrangedcorranged Posts: 6,684Registered User Senior Member
    I think our professors get names and pictures.

    It's not that uncommon in my classes for the professor to ask students to go around the room on the first day sharing their name and where they're from or their major (or both).
  • hops_scouthops_scout Posts: 3,898Registered User Senior Member
    I've had what corranged talked about. Going around the room and such. I've had that in a few of my classes because there's only 25-30 students. One of my classes we had to give a 2 minute speech about us. We could talk about anything we wanted to in it.

    I had one professor who wanted to know our favorite ice cream ;) And it was an Introduction to Athletic Injuries class.

    First day oncampus we had meetings with our respective departments. We were getting our advisory assignments. When my name came up, the department chair already knew the name and made a big deal out of it. I had been named a St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete last spring and he had read about it in the newspaper. I go to school in southern Missouri two hours south of St. Louis. In the profile it was mentioned that I was going to SEMO for athletic training.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    At the public university where H teachers and I used to teach, profs get no info about their students except their students' names and student ID #s.
  • marmat103marmat103 Posts: 331Registered User Junior Member
    Besides the names and ID's, I had info on their year (soph, junior, senior) and major (for some of them, others were probably undecided). Small public uni.
  • SkieSkie Posts: 497Registered User Member
    We know which students are getting merit-based departmental scholarships, but that's about it. As a departmental advisor, I have access to my 20 advisees' transcripts so that I can see what courses they've taken and help them decide what to take next. The transcripts show their SAT scores, home town and college grades. But for the students in my classes, I only get name, year, photo, ID# and email address.
  • 2VU06092VU0609 Posts: 1,762Registered User Senior Member
    I teach at a cc where PeopleSoft is used as the database for enrollment. That is, I pull class rosters from PS, as well as access student records for advising purposes. I can access prior grades, test scores, etc. through PeopleSoft, but with 5-6 preps each semester, I rarely look at a student's previous experience unless there is something that prompts it such as poor attendance or poor performance. I sometimes wonder if such things are a pattern or specific to my class. If I see a poor track record, sometimes that behavior is self-explanatory. Most professors have more than enough tasks on their plates to "dig" into student records out of mere curiousity.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    Just thought of a funny story. H has an extended family of hundreds, and one member was so interested in family history that she wrote a book about the family, tracing members back to the 1730s, and listing every current family member. H was surprised to notice that a student in one of his classes was actually his cousin. Gosh, was she surprised to learn that!
  • UCDAlum82UCDAlum82 Posts: 1,065Registered User Senior Member
    My daughter is taking a film critique class, which is huge, but breaks into 15 person sections for discussion. In her discussion section a fellow student is a golden globe and critics choice award winning actor. I bet the professor knows.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Posts: 32,822Registered User Senior Member
    Im sure it depends .
    My daughters advisor for instance had a stipend ( as did all staff & faculty @ Reed) to spend on students. He regularly had them over to dinner and took them to see the Harry Potter movies with his family. So over time he probably learned quite a bit.
    However- they basically just had what it says on attendance sheet- although students with accomodations will also get that info to the prof.
  • exploringMOMexploringMOM Posts: 66Registered User Junior Member
    I have never gotten more than photos, names, student number, and declared major or concentration. That would be at a large public, smaller private, larger private.
  • hikidshikids Posts: 1,284Registered User Senior Member
    No, basically you only get name, id number, year in school, email, and photo depending on the system. Nothing else is really relevant if you think about it. If you got to the class one presumes you belong there so SAT scores etc do not really mean anything. Also, we don't get private information like phone #, addresses etc. I know students of mine over the years havebeen surprised to find out I did not have their phone numbers. Large public, and a top ten university.
  • astrophysicsmomastrophysicsmom Posts: 4,326Registered User Senior Member
    On the other hand, regardless of how large the university is, college professors can get to know their students, mostly to the level that the students make an effort. I don't think this is what you intended with your original question, but I did want to add this side of things....I know this is usually a knock on large unis, but even first semester of freshman year at UMD, all of D's professors knew her by name (and some knew a lot more)...that is, of course, except for the bizarre man she had for one honors seminar that didn't know anyone's name of the 18 kids in the seminar!!
  • MarathonMan88MarathonMan88 Posts: 1,321Registered User Senior Member
    We get name, class year, e-mail, photo, the name of the academic advisor, and major(s) and minor(s) for students in classes. For academic advisees, we see the non-confidential parts of the admissions application including essays (great conversation starter), academic record, AP and placement tests scores, any credits from other institutions, schedule, record of academic warnings. Small LAC.
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