ERIC Number: ED118165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Grading Style and Student Evaluation of Faculty.
This paper discusses the association between student grades and student ratings of faculty. The first section reviews a 1974 study of Harper College English teacher ratings, which showed a correlation of .73 between the grades the teachers gave students and the ratings students gave the teachers. The second section reports the findings of a 1975 replication study which showed grade-rating correlations of up to .79. The third section provides a review of the literature in the form of an annotated bibliography, indicating that the Harper findings are typical of the findings of prior research at other colleges. Twenty-eight studies involving more than 70,000 student ratings of faculty in more than 50 colleges and universities have been conducted and published since 1954. In every study, at least some association has been found between grades and ratings, and in a number of the studies, the association has been found to be quite powerful, with correlations ranging up to .90. The fourth section of this document discusses the implications of the findings, concluding that the widely-held belief that grades and ratings are unrelated is a myth, relying for its support on studies conducted more than 20 years ago--studies that are weak in design and execution, and sometimes less than candid in reporting the data. (Author/NHM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.