AAUP survey questions efficacy of teaching evaluations

June 15, 2015

In order to better understand the role played by student evaluations of teaching, a committee of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) surveyed some 9,000 professors. The survey revealed diminishing response rates, too much focus on evaluations in personnel decisions, and, according to some faculty, an increase in the kind of “abusive, bullying effects” and gender biases found on some anonymous faculty review websites. However, the committee that conducted the survey noted that while the value of student evaluations may be diminishing, they can still play an important role in a “more holistic” faculty evaluation system. Inside Higher Ed