Attractiveness, Easiness, and Other Issues: Student Evaluations of Professors on RateMyProfessors.com

Posted: 1 Jan 2008 Last revised: 17 Mar 2009

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James Felton

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Peter T. Koper

Central Michigan University - Department of English Language & Literature

John B. Mitchell

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law

Michael Stinson

Central Michigan University - Department of Computer Science

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Abstract

Felton et al. (2004) reported that web-based student evaluations of teaching (SET) demonstrated a student preference for course easiness and instructor sexiness. This study explores these same relationships with a larger and improved database. Results indicate even stronger relationships than previously reported. In addition, this study demonstrates significant cultural differences by institution and discipline in the relationships between Quality, Easiness, and 'Hotness' in web-based SET.

Keywords: teaching, evaluation, student opinion, grade inflation

JEL Classification: I21, J44, M51

Suggested Citation

Felton, James and Koper, Peter T. and Mitchell, John B. and Stinson, Michael, Attractiveness, Easiness, and Other Issues: Student Evaluations of Professors on RateMyProfessors.com. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 45-61, February 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1079556

James Felton (Contact Author)

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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Peter T. Koper

Central Michigan University - Department of English Language & Literature ( email )

Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
United States

John B. Mitchell

Central Michigan University - Department of Finance and Law ( email )

328 Sloan Hall
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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Michael Stinson

Central Michigan University - Department of Computer Science ( email )

411 Pearce Hall
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
United States
989-774-3511 (Phone)

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