Texas Tech University

Do Course Evaluations Matter?

Vanderbilt Hustler

January 27, 2019

Vanderbilt Huster- It’s the last week of the semester, and your professor allots ten minutes of class time for filling out course evaluations. You use a numerical scale to rate different aspects of her teaching and provide a couple qualitative comments about what you appreciated and what you would change. Then you press “Submit.”

Demographic factors may also skew responses. A 2018 study conducted by Professors Kristina Mitchell (Texas Tech University) and Jonathan Martin (Midland College) found that a professor's gender significantly impacts the ratings and comments they receive.

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