The primary issue is most (not all) teachers, have a poor sense of practicality. Teachers typically have a very theoretical/math based approach to engineering, which is very far divorced from the goals of providing students with information they can and will practically use once they are working in the industry. Teachers focus very little on what actually happens at an engineering job. There is very rarely any practical hands-on experience in the classes. In lectures, there is very little practical examples given.
Frankly, I am upset about how useless much of what I have learned over 6 years of higher education is. It is not worth the $40,000 in student loan debt I have acquired.
- One aspect of CEAS that has been consistently frustrating is the lack of ability of the staff to communicate. Almost all of the Professors and TA’s are originally from non-english speaking countries. This makes it very difficult to understand the concepts being taught. Om such a technical field as engineering it is important to have very clear and concise explanations of concepts and problems. I feel that a higher degree of English proficiency from the teachers and TAS’s would greatly improve learning ability. Also in most cases, professors simply use Power Point presentations to teach.
On a different note, the teaching staff is for the most part very good, however more in field experience is what we want, professors who have been an engineer at a company gives a better understanding of the topic and what is important than those who have been stuck in the ivory tower of academia their entire lives.
- I think there is a missing link between the industry and classes and content that we are taught. I understand the importance of understanding theory behind how something works, but I don’t think we do enough hands-on learning and understanding applications of what we learn in class. I think there should be more importance put on teaching us how to think on our feet and use our resources around us. Too many professors force us to memorize random facts or equations, whereas in industry we will have resources around us. It felt like a lot of time in class I would walk away thinking when am I ever going to use this because the situations that we are being taught so idealized. I also thank that a lot of the labs that we have are outdated and updated them would help solve parts of the above problem.
- Throughout my time spent at UWM CEAS, I felt that a large number of my classes were taught by people who were simply filling their requirements for teaching so they could do their research. It seemed as though undergraduate education was simply not a priority for many of these professors. This is not an indictment of all the professors, I had many who were very organized, extremely open to helping struggling students, and I could tell they actually cared about the success of the students they were instructing. However, the number of classes that I felt I didn’t really get an honest chance of learning the material, or that me and my peers were simply pushed through to make a quota, or the professor lacked the empathy or ability to help me or my peers does not leave a good taste in my mouth. I would suggest spending more time finding the correct fit for teaching positions, or imbue instructors with greater responsibility on the matter of student satisfaction. I do not know what that all requires from an administrators perspective, but I do know I am not in the minority in the CEAS student body on this subject.
Не совсем понимаю, как их удовлетворять. Естественно, лучше бы учил теорию машимн и механизмов какой-нибудь нормальный инженер, а не я. Проблема, на мой взгляд, в том, что в Америке нет НИИ, где люди занимались бы наукой, а деньги на науку идут или за счет грантов или за счет оплаты за учебу студентов. Последние, конечно, не довольны.
Студентам не интересно изучать идеи или теоретические концепции, они хотят что-то, что можно применить в работе на фабрике. Не знаю, что тут сказать, но что-то во всем этом неправильное.