Jacobs defends UT professors from list ranking


University of Toledo president Lloyd Jacobs today blasted the Washington-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity – which he called a “so-called education think-tank” - for besmirching UT professors as some of the worst in the country in a list that was covered nationally by some media outlets.

He called the list a joke and laughable.

“The real purpose of my speaking to you today is to say thank you to our faculty,” Dr. Jacobs said during an afternoon news conference held at UT. “The fact of the matter, in my opinion at least, the University of Toledo is one of the best values in higher education, literally, in the country.”

He said the university has a “low-cost-of-living, modest tuition, and a fantastic faculty who are experts, deeply committed, and here for students on daily basis.”

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity compiled a list of schools with the best and worst professors by using teacher ratings posted on the Web site, www.RateMyProfessors.com, which is used by millions of college students in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy was listed as the school with the lowest-rated professors. UT was ranked 20th on the list.