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Online Posting of Teaching Evaluations and Grade Inflation

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  • Talia Bar

    (University of Connecticut)

  • Vrinda Kadiyali

    (Cornell University)

  • Asaf Zussman

    (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

In 2008 the faculty senate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) decided to publish mean student evaluations of teaching online. The stated goal of the policy was to “provide useful information to students as they design their program of study.” Using 2003-2011 data from CALS we study the effects of this policy change on teaching evaluations, grading outcomes and students’ course choices. Identification relies on the differential response of initially-low and initially-high rated instructors. While student evaluations of teaching increased, the policy change contributed to grade inflation and had little effect on course enrollment and composition.

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Paper provided by University of Connecticut, Department of Economics in its series Working papers with number 2014-29.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2014
Handle: RePEc:uct:uconnp:2014-29
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  1. Scott E. Carrell & James E. West, 2010. "Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 118(3), pages 409-432, 06.
  2. Kristin F. Butcher & Patrick J. McEwan & Akila Weerapana, 2014. "The Effects of an Anti-grade-Inflation Policy at Wellesley College," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 28(3), pages 189-204, Summer.
  3. Beleche, Trinidad & Fairris, David & Marks, Mindy, 2012. "Do course evaluations truly reflect student learning? Evidence from an objectively graded post-test," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(5), pages 709-719.
  4. Talia Bar & Vrinda Kadiyali & Asaf Zussman, 2012. "Putting Grades in Context," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 30(2), pages 445-478.
  5. Talia Bar & Vrinda Kadiyali & Asaf Zussman, 2009. "Grade Information and Grade Inflation: The Cornell Experiment," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 23(3), pages 93-108, Summer.
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