W Ashcraft - Truman State University

Professor: W Ashcraft
Department: Religion
College: Truman State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE188
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Easy A. Light workload - wkly readings that are short 10 pgs, quiz over the reading, 3 big easy essays, 1 slightly bigger essay for the final (take home). Nice and loves class discussion. If you wish to remain quiet in class, he won't call on you!! If you pay attention to disc., you'll prob get a 10/10 on your quiz at the end of class.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE188
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Ashcraft is a good professor who seems to really care about his students. He has been accommodating throughout the pandemic and understands that students have a lot going on in their lives. Our grade was mainly based on four major assignments, which were papers. We also had in-class quizzes over the readings. Do the readings and participate.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE188
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Really nice and funny professor. He gets you engaged into the work without even realizing it and is willing to work with you on assignments and absences. He also really likes dad jokes and will occasionally email everyone a new dad joke he found.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE304
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Ashcraft is such a funny nice guy. You'll definitely have to read for every class and show up because he has quizzes pretty often, but they're not hard if you do the readings. Participation is also important. The readings are sometimes dry, but not all of them are.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE285
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Nice professor and pretty easy. There's a lot of reading and quizzes almost every day, but they're pretty easy and he drops your lowest five. My only complaint is I took his cults class expecting to learn about cults but it's basically learning about religion in general and Christianity which I already knew about so it was a disappointment for me.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Was my Truman Week teacher and is the only teacher that has even bothered to learn my name. He is very clear on what he expects from students and is very willing to help you.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He's alright & the class is fine, too. I don't have any big complaints, but my advice to you is to do the assigned readings, ask questions & make comments in class, & study for the tests. I did the minimum and had to worry about my grade. Still got an A thanks to extra credit. Several tests and essays. Bring your textbooks to class & take notes!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: JINS346
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class was all writing and discussion based. There were no exams, just papers. Make sure to read the material and participate. He appreciates people who will help the class discussion move forward, and he will help their grades by rewarding them more discussion points.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Ashcraft is a helpful professor to have, and really made my freshman year. He is a really nice guy who is very willing to help you understand the material and with the small papers you will write, which are very easy. You do have to be in class, unless you e-mail ahead of time with a valid excuse. (i.e. sick, etc.) I highly recommend him.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Bad bad bad professor. Hates athletes and trainers. Unless someone who is important to you (by his standards) is dying, he will expect you to be in class. One of those professors who thinks their class is the only one you're taking. Study for tests weeks in advance and the "extra credit" he offers is a hoax. It's based on if he likes you or not.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Ashcraft is super friendly and always encouraging and willing to help if you need it. His grades are primarily the exams, and the final exam is worth half of your grade. But if you pay attention & do all the readings, it's not too bad. Also, class participation is vital - he'll give you extra credit if you contribute to discussions!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
An excellent professor. Always willing to help out when needed, and extremely understanding and flexible. Very knowledgeable in his subject area as well as a truly phenomenal teacher. I can't wait to take another one of his classes someday!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE185
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I would definitely recommend him. Class is focused around learning many terms involving certain religions. The final for this class is worth half of your grade, but if you participate in class discussion he awards extra credit.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE386
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ashcraft is one of the best profs Ive ever had at truman. Kind, interesting, and incredibly knowledgeable about New Religious Movements. We took several field trips to scientology temples and TM centers, had mormon guest speakers & wiccans etc. Incredible Class!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: PHRENRM
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Ashcraft is one of the nicest, most informative, helpful professors I have ever had. He is truly passionate about his subject material and is concerned about presenting the content in an interesting way for his students. Strongly recommend taking one of his classes for the experience and exposure to content. AMAZING experience.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE188
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
My interest in Ethics was slim to none but Dr. Ashcraft helped me change this. He is clear in what he expects out of you (even gives you emails explaining in case you didn't catch it!) Altogether, I enjoyed his class thoroughly everyday and tried not to miss them.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE188
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I appreciated Dr. Ashcraft's humility and clear expectations. I learned a lot of practical information in this course. Be ready to discuss the readings everyday. Tests were generally pretty basic.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: JINS346
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice man ready to change the syllabus if necessary. Don't disagree with the author's arguments when writing a paper or else he'll automatically give you a C or D. Very specific in what he wants on projects and papers.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE187
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Ashcraft is a great teacher. He is very fair and understanding. Hes a funny guy and keeps class interesting.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: PHRE300
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Wonderful! Besides being a clear, truly helpful teacher, Ashcraft is simply a wonderful person. He's honest and interested in you as a student, and he always wants to make sure you know the material. Give a worthy effort and ask for help when you need it. I'm taking my 3rd class with him next fall and I'm actually looking forward to it. =)
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