Problems Associated with the Administrative uses of Student Ratings


  • Allan S. Baillie
  • Robert H. McIntire


It might be postulated that college administrators formulate policy with due regard given to educational research. However, based on a review of the literature covering the administrative uses of student ratings, it appears the opposite may be true. In many instances the administrators are unfamiliar with the pertinent research literature. For example, how many administrators realize that research findings in areas such as: class attendance, class sizes, and the characteristics of good teaching do not support the conventional wisdom dictating policy in these areas? Stephen [1].