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Course Assessments: The Detail
As we noted recently, the College would be improved if the information gathered from students at the end of each term about the quality of their courses were freely available. Currently the faculty keeps a tight hold on course assessments. While it is true that some professors will be embarrassed by the comments made about them, the free exchange of ideas cannot but help students better choose their courses.
Here is a typical course evaluation, though some courses have additional questions specific to their department or program:
All students fill in these questionnaires under the College’s rules: “Students will be required to assess all courses before they can see their grades for summer term on BannerStudent.” What a shame to go to such an effort for so little gain. Surely if Phil asked for this information to be shared with students, the faculty would go along with his request.
The College provides complete background information regarding the assessment process here.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…