Whose Opinion is it Anyway? Determinants of Participation in Student Evaluation of Teaching

Journal of Economic Education, Forthcoming

22 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2010

See all articles by Samer Kherfi

Samer Kherfi

American University of Sharjah - School of Business and Management; Department of Economics

Date Written: August 27, 2009

Abstract

Using data that identify the respondents to Student Evaluation of Teaching, the author finds that respondents and nonrespondents are different, along several characteristics. Students respond more if they are first-term freshmen, or if the course is a major requirement. Men, students with light course load, and students with low CGPA or low course grade are less likely to evaluate the course and the instructor. A matched pairs test that effectively eliminates class- and instructor-invariant student characteristics confirms that students who do better in a course are more likely to participate in SET. In addition, students who are more likely to have strong opinions, identified by early participation, hold on average positive views towards the course. These results do not support the idea that SET attracts disproportionally more unhappy students. Given the widely documented positive correlation between grades and ratings, these findings suggest that SET ratings can be biased upward.

Keywords: student evaluation, grades, response bias

JEL Classification: A20, A22

Suggested Citation

Kherfi, Samer, Whose Opinion is it Anyway? Determinants of Participation in Student Evaluation of Teaching (August 27, 2009). Journal of Economic Education, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1539413

Samer Kherfi (Contact Author)

American University of Sharjah - School of Business and Management ( email )

P.O. Box 26666
Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

Department of Economics ( email )

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Sharjah
United Arab Emirates

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