Monday, November 10, 2014
By Tamara Jones
ESL Instructor, Howard Community College
Although it’s been years since I’ve had to steel myself to read student evaluations (teenagers evaluate on a daily basis with grateful smiles or withering stares) a recent report on NPR, Student Course Evaluations Get An ‘F’, has had my email in-box bursting with reactions from university professor friends. According to a couple of studies, those student evaluations that many higher education establishments rely on for rating their teachers aren’t as dependable as university administrators would like to believe.
Well, We Already Knew THAT, but Why?
Okay, we all know that you can’t make all of the students happy all of the time. But, what are the real failings of student evaluations? Philip Stark at the University of California, Berkeley discusses three main reasons why they aren’t to be trusted:
(1) low response rates (Less than half registered students usually complete the evaluation.), Read more »