ERIC Number: ED110113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Grades Students Achieve at William Rainey Harper College and How They Rate the Effectiveness of Their Instructor at Mid-Term During the Spring 1975 Semester.
Ostrowski, Michael V.
In order to determine whether student evaluation of faculty performance is related to the grade received by the student, a study was conducted in a large lecture class at William Rainey Harper College (Illinois). Of 300 students, 75 were systematically selected for the sample. The students were asked to list all courses for which they were enrolled at midterm, their midterm grade in each, and their rating of each instructor on a scale of 1-5. The investigator found that there was a significant correlation between letter grade received and the faculty rating; ratings go up as grades go up. The implications of this finding in a college where student evaluation is a major part of the faculty retention/tenure/merit process are discussed, as is the potential correlation between alternative teaching methods, such as mastery learning, grades, and consequent student satifaction. The investigator makes several suggestions for further study. (MJK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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