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Walters Museum, and student evaluations

Last summer I visited this museum and received its lovely magazine. Sticking with me in particular are the ceramics of Roberto Lugo and John Singer Sargent’s watercolor The Alhambra Vase. In the store, a bronze reproduction of a Chinese owl figurine, eight inches high.


How to get high evaluations? Old and new suggestions include never changing the syllabus, not allowing student input or collaboration on course structure, just telling them how things are going to be and sticking to it, not allowing screens in class, saying the evaluations are for tenure and promotion, pointing out evidence of race/gender bias in the evaluation process, and having students write a metacognitive essay before evaluating the course.


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On student evaluations and gender bias



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A dispatch from the neoliberal university

“You need not feel commanded to evaluate the course right now. Indeed, the faculty would much rather encourage you to reflect on the nature of this course, carefully considering things like: its design and execution, as well as the extent of your commitment to making the course and your education a success. Don’t forget too to reflect on the material commitments that the university made to the course. Since the university values rigorous critical analysis above all else, please feel free to take your time in crafting your evaluation, and get back to us when you’ve had a chance to think rigorously about what you would like to say.”

This is part of an interesting discussion of student evaluations and more, in the context of the privatizing university. The university is not actually interested in teaching (and you can tell because it does not invest in this) is one of the takeaway points.



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