You’ve heard the reasons why professors don’t trust RateMyProfessors.com,
the Web site to which students flock. Students who don’t do the work
have equal say with those who do. The best way to get good ratings is
to be relatively easy on grades, good looking or both, and so forth. But what if the much derided Web site’s rankings have a high
correlation with markers that are more widely accepted as measures of
faculty performance? Last year, a scholarly study found a high correlation
between RateMyProfessors.com and a university’s own system of student
evaluations. Now, a new study is finding a high correlation between
RateMyProfessors and a student evaluation system used nationally.
Strike another victory for Web 2.0. Here is more.