They suck. We know they suck. The students know they suck FOR US. The admins continue to fellate the student evaluation philosophy with the fervor of a five-dollar whore the day before the rent’s due. This is preaching to the choir, but everybody needs a little gospel to keep the faith alive.
Student evaluations can be either the most painful or falsely ego-boosting things we faculty members read. Sadly, they’re becoming more and more important as American universities veer toward private-enterprise models of educational management. Based on the concept of the customer survey, they have been taken public by a range of Web sites, most famously Rate My Professors.More.