Student Evaluations of Faculty

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/464675323 While college students have been completing student evaluations of faculty since the 1960s, these evaluations have taken on considerable importance. There
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http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/464675323 While college students have been completing student evaluations of faculty since the 1960s, these evaluations have taken on considerable importance. There are various reasons for this. One is a conceptual shift towards the idea that a college is primarily a business and students are customers. On this model, student evaluations of faculty are part of the customer satisfaction survey process. A second is an ideological shift in regards to education. Education is seen more as a private good and something that needs to be properly quantified. This is also tied into the notion that the education system is, like a forest or oilfield, a resource to be exploited for profit. Student evaluations provide a cheap method of assessing the value provided by faculty and, best of all, provide numbers (numbers usually based on subjective assessments, but pay that no mind). Obviously enough, I agree with the need to assess performance. As a gamer and runner,. . .

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