Sovern on the Validity of Student Evaluations

The New York Times published Professor Jeff Sovern‘s letter in its Sunday Dialogue feature titled “Academia’s Two Tracks.”  The letter addresses the validity of student evaluations in assessing the performance of tenured and tenure-track professors versus adjuncts.  Professor Sovern states:

Student evaluations are a better measure of popularity than competence. Adjuncts may in fact be better teachers, but studies not based on student evaluations are needed to prove it.

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