Psi Chi Workshop

The Influence of Grades on Teaching Effectiveness Ratings

Time and Location
Saturday May 26, 2007, 1:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Military Room

Steven Falkenberg
Eastern Kentucky University

Anthony G. Greenwald
University of Washington

Abstract
The use of student ratings to evaluate teaching effectiveness is a regular part of many academic programs across the United States. Variously referred to as student evaluations of teaching (SET), student evaluations of faculty performance (SEFP), or student evaluations of teaching effectiveness (SETE), these rating systems are in and of themselves a continuing subject of controversy. This session is intended to allow critics of the use of student evaluations a forum in which to bring forth their collective concerns about problems inherent in believing that student ratings are either valid or reliable indicators of teaching excellence. The presentation is also intended to highlight the possible negative consequences of SET, SEFP, or SETE use as it relates to decisions made about faculty salary, reappointment, promotion, and tenure.

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