Though the appointment of professors and instructors in the various departments should by no means rest with the students, still the feeling of the students in regard to appointments ought not to be overlooked. If the students cannot respect an instructor's methods of instruction a large part of the benefit of his teaching, even if there is any real merit in it, is lost. Prescribed courses are at the best apt to be unpopular, and in such cases there is all the more reason for choosing men whose abilities will command the respect of those studying under them, while in the case of elective courses the appointment of an unpopular man inevitably tends to a falling off in the number of those taking the courses under his charge unless the popularity of the elective is kept up by artificial means.
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August 04, 2015