Grapevine: Professors get bonus based on student evaluations

The professor who receives the highest score on their course evaluations gets a bonus. One teacher is chosen from each department.

It doesn’t seem likely, but it may be the reason all professors stress the importance of filling out the annoying forms found in your email.

The University actually posts all information about the survey online, they explain why they scratched the in-class survey, and show all results of the evaluations for the past few years.

So how do teachers benefit from them?

Myth: The Web site explains that the evaluations are simply used to help teachers improve on things they could’ve done better, and prepare a lesson plan for their next course. All the reults are printed to a PDF and emailed to professors.

The Assistant Director of Assessment Support in the Office of Institutional Research, Dr. Marie E. Mark, confirmed the boring truth.

“That’s it,” she said. “There’s nothing more to it.”

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