I think some of these professors become very jaded and set in their ways. They want you to just show up, shut up, and not rock their little boat. I was excited about a particular course at WNMU but wanted to be sure I could handle the workload. I e-mailed him asking about the pace of the course and which books we would be covering first (there were 12 books listed with hundreds of pages each and the cost to acquire all of them was going to be substantial). I got back a terse response that ALL the books were required and I would get the syllabus "when everybody else got it". I dropped that one and I'm rethinking what my exact plan will be. I am up for challenges, but not for unnecessary difficulties.
In their defense I suppose they have dozens of students, many of which have dumb questions and weird expectations. But they need to remember that they are selling a product at the same time. ratemyprofesor has become my first assessment stop in deciding on new courses, it might mean that I miss out on some good but tough instructors but so be it...I don't need the ulcer.
At least you have managed to figure this guy out early...you always rise to the top!
MBA, Western Governors University...in progress
BS Charter Oak State College November 2011
AS in EMS 2010
Technical Writing 58
Substance Abuse 443
Civil War 66
College Algebra, 82% in 28 days.
A quick list of all the schools I attended before getting my act together:
Troy State University
Florida Southern College
FEMA...no it's not a college, but I have quite a stack of certs I never used!
Western New Mexico University.....tried a Graduate level class before taking up the WGU MBA.