By the time classes started, enrollment had gone up again. And by the end of the add/drop period (after the students had known me for two weeks), it had gone back up exactly to the original number. That’s still 60% of full enrollment, but no one has dropped so far. So it’s a word-of-mouth issue (or “that site”), but if students decide to check for themselves, they see whatever they heard is unfounded.
My dept head believes it’s fair to penalize me for reputation, that is: to take low initial enrollments into account when evaluating me, not just the “success rates” based on the number of students who do show up for the course. What do you think? Also, any ideas on what I might do to change that quickly? (Short of bringing cookies, or giving them all A’s). It’s a problem even when I’m given an honors section: we have to actively recruit for those, and it’s an uphill struggle.
Q: Does anyone else here have a reputation problem?
How do you deal with it?