Stu­dents Can Now Grade their Pro­fes­sors

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Univer­sity stu­dents now have the op­por­tu­nity to grade their col­lege pro­fes­sors anony­mously with new Le­banese web­site ayyapro­fes­sor.com. The idea started as a univer­sity pro­ject by Ryan Abi and de­vel­oped into a full-fledged user-friendly on­line plat­form. Once logged on, stu­dents can search for a pro­fes­sor’s name and en­ter their eval­u­a­tion or other’s eval­u­a­tions. A pro­fes­sor’s name can be added to the site if they are not listed. “The con­cept be­hind cre­at­ing such a plat­form is to pro­mote aca­demic trans­parency and as­sist stu­dents, par­ents and fac­ulty mem­bers in mak­ing in­formed ed­u­ca­tional de­ci­sions,” said Founder and CEO of Ayya Pro­fes­sor. “A pro­fes­sor’s fi­nal score is ex­pressed in the form of a let­ter grade and com­piled in a Gpa-like fash­ion

Ryan Abi

based on a set of pre­de­ter­mined cri­te­ria that are listed un­der the grad­ing cat­e­gories. Pro­fes­sors that ac­cu­mu­late a high GPA will join the site’s “Hon­our So­ci­ety”, added Abi. Users are en­cour­aged to use their univer­sity email while grad­ing to min­imise in­ac­cu­ra­cies. But this does not mean that ev­ery sin­gle eval­u­a­tion out there will be eval­u­ated. How­ever, to help mod­er­ate and pre­serve the site’s cred­i­bil­ity, users have the op­tion to flag eval­u­a­tions they con­sider not abid­ing by the site’s guide­lines. Ayya Pro­fes­sor also in­cludes a spe­cial blog sec­tion, fea­tur­ing ar­ti­cles on an ar­ray of aca­demic, cul­tural and en­ter­tain­ment top­ics con­trib­uted by col­lege stu­dents and en­thu­si­asts alike. Lux­ury and life­style travel mag­a­zine, Conde Nast Trav­eler (CNT) ad­dressed a love let­ter to the Le­banese cap­i­tal ac­com­pa­nied by an in­vi­ta­tion to all its read­ers and In­sta­gram fol­low­ers to show their love to Beirut by sub­mit­ting pho­tos with the hash­tag #Lovelet­ter­to­beirut. CNT'S let­ter reads: "Dear Beirut, We at Conde Nast Trav­eler are huge fans of yours. We think you’re beau­ti­ful. Charm­ing. Smart. Strong. And brave, when faced with ter­ror and de­struc­tion. You have as­ton­ish­ing art, ar­chi­tec­ture, food, and ho­tels—in fact, we think you're one of the great cities of the world…"

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