ERIC Number: ED165626
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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An Analysis of a Student Evaluation of Instruction in the Graduate School of an Urban University.
Costello, Francis J.
Since the administrative evaluation of faculty at the University of New Haven has been hampered by the faculty's distrust of student input, this study aimed to improve the faculty's confidence in student evaluations of instruction. A student evaluation of instructors was statistically compared to grades issued by the instructors, and to class size. The evaluation was prepared by graduate students at the University of New Haven. Results of the analysis showed no statistical relationship between grades issued by an instructor and the rating the instructor received from the students. There was also no statistical relationship between the instructor's rating and class size. Grades issued by evaluated instructors were statistically compared to grades issued by instructors who were not evaluated, and no statistical difference was found. It is recommended that university-wide student evaluations be used for a two-year trial period for use in the evaluation of faculty by the university administration. Negative use of the evaluation results by the administration is not recommended. Statistical data and the survey instrument are appended. (Author/LBH)
Descriptors: Class Size, College Faculty, College Students, Evaluation Methods, Grades (Scholastic), Graduate Students, Higher Education, Questionnaires, Rating Scales, Reliability, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Evaluation, Urban Universities
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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