Student-Faculty Evaluation

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Science  29 Mar 1974:
Vol. 183, Issue 4131, pp. 1267-1270
DOI: 10.1126/science.183.4131.1267


Desirable attributes of SFE can be vitiated by its premature utilization in a formal and quantitative sense. This is because it is possible to teach for a specific student evaluation, given a particular questionnaire. Consequently, because of the importance of SFE, the questionnaire must be designed to meet the expectations of the students, as well as the aspirations of the respective institutions. Indiscriminate use of SFE will increase the gap between first-rate and second-rate institutions—first-rate institutions will continue to attract more demanding students, a fact that will be reflected in SFE's, whereas second-rate institutions, in an effort to maintain levels of enrollment, may tend to formulate SFE's that emphasize popularity and mediocrity of education. Careful construction of the format of SFE, on the other hand, could do much toward increasing the quality of teaching, as well as the motivation of students and teachers, in many institutions.