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Top 10 Flashpoints in Student Ratings and the Evaluation of Teaching: What Faculty and Administrators Must Know to Protect Themselves in Employment Decisions

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“Those who read the entire book will end with a much more sophisticated understanding of the problems in evaluating college teaching as well as a helpful guide to possible solutions. I learned a great deal from this book. I recommend it to all faculty, administrators, and scholars in the field.”?Wilbert J. McKeachie, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

The “flashpoints” covered are the topics that pop up the most frequently and heatedly on listservs, blogs, and the literature. The recommendations are ...

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Top 10 Flashpoints in Student Ratings and the Evaluation of Teaching: What Faculty and Administrators Must Know to Protect Themselves in Employment Decisions

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Overview

“Those who read the entire book will end with a much more sophisticated understanding of the problems in evaluating college teaching as well as a helpful guide to possible solutions. I learned a great deal from this book. I recommend it to all faculty, administrators, and scholars in the field.”?Wilbert J. McKeachie, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan

The “flashpoints” covered are the topics that pop up the most frequently and heatedly on listservs, blogs, and the literature. The recommendations are grounded in psychometric, professional and legal standards. The last-named, in particular, can protect you from costly litigation.

If you hire, promote, demote, and fire full-and part-time faculty based on student ratings and other measures, then you are vulnerable to violations of federal anti-discrimination laws. Several flashpoints address procedures you can take to stay out of court.

If you are a faculty member, you need to know whether your institution’s measures of teaching are appropriate and defensible, and what you should do if they are not.

Three sample “flashpoints” and solutions:
• Use of global items for summative decisions. Solution: “Cease & decist” and use scale and subscale ratings
• Low response rate in online administrations. Solution: 20 strategies to increase rates.
• Use of ratings for contract renewal, pay raise, teaching awards, and promotion and tenure. Solution: Applying 80/20 rule for adverse impact to avoid lawsuits related to unequal pay, gender, race, ethnicity, and age discrimination.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579229801
  • Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/28/2013
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald A. Berk is Professor Emeritus of Biostatistics and Measurement and former Assistant Dean for Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University. He received the University’s Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in 1993 and Caroline Pennington Award for Teaching Excellence in 1997 and was inducted as a Fellow in the Oxford Society of Scholars in 1998.He has published 11 books and 130 journal articles / chapters. These publications reflect his unwavering commitment to mediocrity and his motto: “Go for the Bronze!” He is a popular speaker on teaching and assessment throughout the U.S. and Europe.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Introduction

Fractured, Semi-Factual History of Student Ratings of Teaching
A Parody

Flashpoint Terminology
Student Evaluation of Teaching (SET) vs. Student Rating Scale

Flashpoint 1
Student Ratings vs. Multiple Sources of Evidence

Flashpoint 2
Sources of Evidence vs. Decisions: Which Come First?

Flashpoint 3
Quality of “Home-Grown” Rating Scales vs. Commercially-Developed Scales

Flashpoint 4
Paper-and-Pencil vs. Online Scale Administration

Flashpoint 5
Standardized vs. Unstandardized Online Scale Administration

Flashpoint 6
Low Online Administration Response Rates

Flashpoint 7
Global Items vs. Total Scale Rating

Flashpoint 8
Scoring “Neutral,” “Not Applicable,” “Not Observed,” and “Blank” Answers

Flashpoint 9
Criterion-Referenced vs. Norm-Referenced Rating Interpretations

Flashpoint 10
Face-to-Face vs. Online Course Rating Scales

Top 10 Recommendations

References

Index

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