TommieMedia looks at whether faculty- and course evaluation forms are reliable, given statistics such as this:
About 35 percent of students said they gave a “better-than-deserved” evaluation, while nearly 49 percent admitted to lying to make their instructor look worse, according to a 2010 University of Northern Iowa study.
But Michael Cogan, director of institutional research and analysis at the University of St. Thomas, told the news service:
“I don’t think our students are like that. For the most part, I think our students are pretty honest about what’s going on and forthright about what’s happening.”
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Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.