Friday, May 15, 2009

Why surveys AREN'T a good indicator of anything

A good friend of mine is a professor. Today she got the written portion of her evaluations back and was reading some out to me. In answer to the question, 'how can we make this class better?' she got the following comments: "I like yo-yo's" and "Contrary to what science says, I think we should consider Saturn to be an enemy planet."

Now, while I think the second one is going to HAVE to become my email tagline, it shows that students really don't care to answer these surveys and so they can't be used, as many administrators would like, to be a good indicator of someone's teaching skills and have tenure, promotion, raises, etc. based on such student evaluations of faculty.

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