ERIC Number: ED446706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Sep-25
Student Opinion of Faculty Evaluations, Spring 2000 [and] Student Opinion of Faculty Evaluations: A Five Year Comparison, Fall 1994 and Spring 2000.
Russell, Ann; Gadberry, Lowell
The first of two papers summarizes results of a survey of students (N=707) at Southwestern Oklahoma State University during Spring, 2000 on their opinion of faculty evaluations. A majority of students believed that faculty evaluations are important enough to read carefully and respond to accurately, are administered in a manner which guards student identity, and are influenced primarily by the faculty member's ability to establish a climate of positive communication. The second paper compares results of the 2000 survey with a similar survey conducted in 1994. Most students in both years agreed that faculty evaluations are used to improve instruction, are administered in a manner guarding student identity, and are given without faculty influence. Reflecting an upward trend of 7-12 percentage points in the 2000 survey, students responded that evaluations are given at the right time of the semester and are an important use of university funds. Downward trends of 4 to 9 percent were seen in response to the statement that "students are influenced by a student's grade in the course more than the by quality of the course" and that "students are influenced by course content more than teacher personality." An attached table details respondent demographics and beliefs. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southwestern Oklahoma State Univ., Weatherford.