Rating Your Professors: Scholars Test Improved Course Evaluations

Evaluations That Make the Grade: 4 Ways to Improve Rating the Faculty 1

Jackson Hill for The Chronicle

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Jackson Hill for The Chronicle

During the next few weeks, hundreds of thousands of college students will fill out course-evaluation forms. On a scale of one to five, they might be asked to rate the instructor's command of the subject material; whether he or she used class time effectively; or whether the exams covered the most important concepts in the course. In most cases they'll also be given space to add anecdotal comments. (On large campuses, it's statistically certain that at least one student will use that space to