European study lends further evidence for gender bias in student evaluations

August 17, 2016

A new European study suggests that female postsecondary instructors are judged more harshly than their male peers in course evaluations, reports the Times Higher Education. The study looked at five years’ worth of evaluations from Erasmus University Rotterdam’s International Institute of Social Studies, and found that female lecturers were 11 percentage points less likely to receive an average score of at least four out of five from their students. THE reports that the study’s findings are part of a growing body of evidence that gender bias is a pervasive problem in student surveys, a problem that has led many to question the validity of using such surveys to inform tenure and promotion decisions. Times Higher Education