Do Tommies lie when they evaluate their courses?

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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