ANALYSIS: An arbitrator has ruled that Ryerson University will no longer be able to use student evaluations of teaching (SET) to make decisions about hiring and promotions.
Unions say that SETs force instructors to go easy on students in the hopes of getting higher scores. Unions say students aren’t reliable judges of how much they’ve learned. They argue that SETs can be influenced by racial or gender biases.
Arbitrator William Kaplan looked at testimony from experts on SETs and concluded that the evidence “establishes, with little ambiguity, that [this] key tool in assessing teaching effectiveness is flawed.
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