Students Push for More Access to Course-Evaluation Data

Students Push for More Access to Course-Evaluation Data 1

Courtney Perry for The Chronicle

Valkyrie Jensen (center), a student representative at the U. of Minnesota-Twin Cities, has led the campaign there to make information from evaluations more accessible to students.

For decades, faculty members and administrators have erected walls around the data collected from students’ course evaluations, concerned about how the fickle tastes of undergraduates might affect promotion prospects.

Now, though, students are increasingly accustomed to browsing consumer reviews to make informed choices. As they bear the weight of rising tuition, many students are growing frustrated by their colleges’ secrecy and are pushing to dismantle those