The purpose of this project is to develop a set of metrics that department chairs can use to evaluate the results of their student evaluations. In this phase of the project, I consider three issues: are the rankings of instructors stable over time; are the rankings influenced by factors beyond the control of the instructor such as the level of the class; and are the rankings influenced by the instructor's grading policy. Preliminary research indicates that the answers are respectively: yes, yes, and no. The next step in the project will be to determine whether the student evaluations can identify the qualities possessed by effective teachers.
William P. O'Dea. "Students Evaluations: What is a Chair to Do? Preliminary Data Analysis." Proceedings of the New York State Economics Association. vol. 5, October 2012, p. 174-184
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