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The Unnecessary Agony of Student Evaluations

Student evaluations can be either the most painful or falsely ego-boosting things we faculty members read. Sadly, they’re becoming more and more important as American universities veer toward private-enterprise models of educational management. Based on the concept of the customer survey, they have been taken public by a range of Web sites, most famously Rate My Professors.

Now that I’ve returned from a decade teaching in Europe, where the culture around student evaluations is entirely different…