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ERIC Number: EJ830676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-30
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Professors Compete for Bonuses Based on Student Evaluations
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n21 pA10 Jan 2009
Some faculty members at Texas A&M University will each be $10,000 richer next month, and they will have their students to thank. This article reports that the university system is awarding bonuses ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to faculty members who received the highest grades on end-of-semester student evaluations. The competition is being held on the flagship campus as well as at Kingsville and Prairie View, and it will be extended to all of the system's nine campuses this spring. The chancellor, Michael D. McKinney, believes the bonuses are a good way to recognize dedicated instructors. Critics counter that the change could lead to grade inflation and encourage professors to cater to students. But in a neighboring state--Oklahoma--that has experimented with similar bonuses, educators say there is no evidence of grades' softening. Sixteen items, each rated on a 5-point scale, are used to evaluate professors' eligibility for a bonus. Questions include evaluations of course expectations; instructor knowledge, organization, and teaching approach; and real-world applicability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma; Texas