Scott Stewart: Do Student Evaluations Match Alumni Expectations?

Student evaluations have been commonly used in determining the success of a course and the [...]effectiveness of its instructor. This research study seeks to identify what graduating students and alumni perceive to be of most value in courses, and in turn the relationship of those perceptions with the information in evaluations conducted at the conclusion of individual courses. Empirical results based on student and alumni survey data suggest key recommendations for both instructors and university presidents. If instructors want students, once they become alumni, to be satisfied with their course experience, they need to teach material which will be truly useful in their careers, even if students don't fully appreciate it during class. And if presidents want satisfied alumni, they need to ensure their school's curriculum includes material that may be applied in the real world, and that the measures of teaching effectiveness utilized for compensation purposes, don't stress too highly traditional measures of student satisfaction.

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