Winter 2020 - This prof. is very intelligent and well-versed in her policy areas, but is not a very good lecturer/prof. for undergraduates. I think this was her second time teaching an undergraduate class, and she just recycles assignments from her past classes rather than try to create new material to properly teach this class. She assigns readings but I didn't do any of them but still was able to do all my assignments. Her lecture slides seem to be organized, but she often goes off on tangents and the TAs end up explaining everything all over again during discussions. After the first few classes, I just ended up going to lecture just to sign-in for attendance points and then would just leave halfway through the class because it would be a waste of my time. I hope she does not teach this class again since it was supposed to be an introduction class but I ended up learning nothing. I heard somewhere she was good as a graduate level lecturer, but from my experience definitely not for undergrad.
Winter 2018 - Professor Covington is very knowledgeable on the topic. I personally found the topics pretty interesting. The class was a hybrid class, meaning that we went to lecture one time a week and then had to watch video lectures (usually around half an hour) throughout the week. The weekly readings for the class took a while to complete. There were weekly assignments and responses that you needed to complete and post online. The midterm and final were also online, and were a mix of free response and multiple choice. There were several writing assignments that also accounted for a lot of your grade including a public policy paper, an op ed, and a cost-benefit analysis (CBA). The CBA was graded pretty harshly, but the op ed and public policy paper were graded more generously.
Spring 2019 - This class is easy but tiring. Kovington takes no breaks for 2 hours and 50 minutes. Usually the class is broken into a 2 hour lecture with 50 minutes for class work. I would be okay with that if the lectures were at all interesting or exciting; however, they were usually devoid of substance and really boring. People frequently did homework on their laptops during class or went on a shopping spree. The projects are simple but sometimes hard to understand at first. Overall, I wouldn't recommend this class at all unless you'll looking for an A in a public affairs class. You probably won't get much out of it.
Winter 2020 - Professor Covington was okay at lecturing but not great at most other things. It didn't help her that her classes were almost 3 hours long and she is not an engaging lecturer. Her assignments lacked detail and structure that they desperately needed. Even she didn't seem to know what she wanted when you asked her about them. Two of them required knowledge of Excel which she did not teach, neither did she seem to know how to use. Not a great class, not an awful class.