With dozens of exams and papers to grade, next semester’s courses to plan, and projects to wrap up, the end of the semester can be stressful enough for teachers without having to worry about handing out and getting back the results of student evaluations, OnlineUniversities.com reports. While they may be taken less than seriously by students who hastily fill them out so they can get on to summer or winter vacation, these evaluations can actually play a big role in the success of professors in their academic careers, as the results are often used to help make decisions in who’s promoted, who’s given tenure, and even who’s let go. With so much riding on these metrics, it makes sense that schools would want to get them right, but unfortunately, they very often don’t. Yet change may just be on the horizon. In both the K-12 sector and higher education, evaluations are seeing a lot of attention as schools, colleges, and universities work to ensure they’re getting useful and meaningful data on their professors and the courses they offer. While revolutionary changes may not have reshaped the system just yet, at least not at every school, there are indications that the future of evaluations may be quite different from the type of system that exists today, giving hope to those who see the current one as outdated and unfair.
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