Phi Beta Cons

Re: Student Evaluations

Here is an informative review of Valen E. Johnson’s book, Grade Inflation: A Crisis in College Education. Johnson is a statistician by training and is now at the University of Texas. The book was published in 2003 and documents a strong relationship between grades and evaluations.
According to the review, “Instructors who grade more stringently are likely to have more students give them lower SET ratings than the instructors who grade less stringently, because they [the students] feel that it is the instructor’s fault that they are earning a lower grade.” Also, “One of the most important conclusions from Johnson’s work is that SET ratings generally don’t measure student learning. Instead, they measure student satisfaction with the teacher. The two are not always related.”

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

The Beatification of Beto

The media’s treatment of Texas Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke wasn’t the most egregiously unfair coverage of the past year -- that would be the treatment of Brett Kavanaugh -- but it ranks among 2018’s most annoying. The endless glowing profiles of O’Rourke in every publication from Vanity Fair to ... Read More
Elections

The Odds Are Slim to Nunes

When the history of the 2018 midterms is written, there will be a chapter on missed opportunities for Democrats. Some may wonder if they should have spent so much money supporting Beto O’Rourke in Texas, or whether Heidi Heitkamp was doomed from the start in North Dakota. One painful question for progressives ... Read More