Parting Shot: Student Evaluations of Instructors: A Good Thing?

End-of-course evaluations are so much a part of our system and so routine an expectation by our students and faculty that I have seldom questioned their value or necessity. Indeed, one study of 600 liberal arts colleges found that the number of schools asking students to evaluate their instructors had escalated from 29 percent to 86 percent over the course of a decade. But I pause to reflect in this "Parting Shot": Are they really (as Martha Stewart might ask) "a good thing?"

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