Letter to the Editor: Faculty criticism lacks student perspective


I write in regards to Stephen Speckman’s Deseret Morning News article on Tuesday, Aug. 17 regarding the Princeton Review’s analysis of the U.

The article’s treatment seemed fair, but lacked in one area. Larry DeVries and David Pershing, both quoted in the article, are both wonderful men whom I know personally and hold in the highest regard. Both, however, share one glaring deficiency: Neither is a student.

As a student, about to start my fourth year, I would have to take issue with the Princeton Review’s declaration that the U’s professors are “scarce.” In my three years, I have had the exact opposite experience. E-mail, telephone calls and an open-door policy seem to be the rule; one teacher even placed his home phone number on the syllabus.

With only one exception, my experience has been that professors are willing, even anxious, to ensure their students are satisfied with their university experience. Late office hours, special appointments, extensive e-mail conversations, time before or after class or phone

calls have not only been readily available, but also willingly given.

Given that the university is a state-funded research university, the U is not doing a “decent” job as Pershing reported. The U is doing an exceptional job.

Bryce K. Peterson

Senior, Chemistry